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Apr
27

Finding a Balance Between Simple and Complex is Key for Jury Instructions

Efforts to make instructions simpler for jurors require a careful balance between decreasing conceptual complexity while still providing enough information to convey the point and ensure juror attention. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

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Apr
20

The relationship between Intermittent Explosive Disorder and offending behavior

Intermittent Explosive Disorder is significantly associated with a wide array of violent offending. That is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | International Journal of Forensic […]

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Apr
13

High Base Rate of Feigning Detected Among Defendants Committed for Competency Restoration

This study examined the utility of an admission screening process to explore whether screening processes can be useful in identifying individuals who have been deemed incompetent to stand trial and may need a comprehensive assessment of feigning. These data confirm that the assessment of response style is a critical component of a forensic evaluation, either […]

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Apr
12

Dr. Eve Brank presents her Presidential Address at the American Psychology-Law Society meeting (video)

Dr. Eve Brank, President of the American Psychology-Law Society, presents her address at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society in Memphis (March, 2018). In her address, Dr. Brank speaks about the importance of Expanding, Communicating, and Developing the field: Looking Internally and Externally to meet our Challenges. About Dr. Eve Brank Dr. Brank […]

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Apr
06

MMPI-2-RF comparison groups for defendants evaluated for Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility

The MMPI-2-RF can be useful in characterizing defendants evaluated for Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility, which will allow forensic examiners to have a better sense of what to expect in terms of MMPI-2-RF results from individuals undergoing such evaluations. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in The International Journal […]

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Mar
30

Support for the Admissibility of Forensic Neuropsychological Evidence

This study on the state of the practice in forensic neuropsychological assessment provides key insight into accepted and well-validated instruments commonly used in forensic assessment. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in The Clinical Neuropsychologist. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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Mar
23

Assessing Sentence Comprehension May Reduce the Frequency of Invalid MMPI-2-RF Protocols

Assessing sentence comprehension, as opposed to word reading, may reduce the frequency of Invalid MMPI-2-RF Protocols in forensic evaluation. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Mar
16

Fighting for objectivity: Cognitive bias in forensic examinations

Forensic evaluations are not immune to various cognitive biases, but there are ways to mitigate them. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | […]

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Mar
09

Children’s Descriptions of Clothing Placement Vary Based on Question Type

The current study has implications for questioning young children regarding spatial descriptions of clothing. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human Behavior […]

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Mar
02

Degree of Harm and Time Passed are Key Factors for Participation in Victim-Offender Mediation

As time goes on, victims of serious offenses are more willing to participate in victim-offender mediation, but victims of less harmful offenses become less willing to participate. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a […]

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Feb
23

Research should Include Consideration of Combined CST and MSO Evaluations

Combined evaluations of competency to stand trial (CST) and mental state at the time of the offense (MSO) should be incorporated into research methodology to more closely mirror clinical practice. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as […]

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Feb
16

(In)Accuracy of Adults’ Deception Detection in Children Equal to Chance

Adults, both professionals and laypersons alike, are generally no better than chance at detecting deception in children. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice Featured Article | Law […]

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