Forensic Psychology And The Human Mind And Its Functions

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Psychology and law at first glance are not two terms that seem to correspond with each other. One might even question why they would be mentioned in the same context. Crime has become a major issue within today’s society. It seems as though the only way to prevent most of them is to enforce the repercussions of the act and punish those that partake in it. Criminals often have motives or attributes that lead them into a life of crime. Forensic psychology is the cynosure that brings the association between psychology and law into perspective.
The term forensic is defined by The Oxford English Dictionary as, “Relating to or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime.” Psychology is defined as, “The scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context and the mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group (OED).” These terms combined form one of the newest subfields of psychology. The main objective of forensic psychology is to aid in the punishment and prevention process of criminal and civil investigations.
As the field continues to expand, a plethora of careers and opportunities have and are becoming available. Of course, with anything new and/or unfamiliar, there is question of credibility and moral. Since law is a major component involved in this subfield of psychology; the ethics involved in the practice must also be considered. In order to fully understand
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