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Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

The Open University via FutureLearn


Become a forensic psychologist and help solve crimes using eyewitness evidence

Have you ever questioned how reliable your own mind is? In this 8-week forensic psychology course, you’ll learn how the mind plays tricks on us and how this can impact criminal investigations. You’ll discover how cautious the police have to be during eyewitness investigation, and you’ll step into the shoes of a forensic psychologist.

Explore eyewitness testimonies from a real criminal investigation

In this course, you’ll get the chance to watch real eyewitness testimonies from behind the scenes of a criminal investigation, and it’ll be your job to check how reliable they are.

You’ll start the investigation by learning about witness characteristics and taking witness statements with the police. Then you’ll learn about inattentional and change blindness and discover how to conduct a cognitive interview.

Discover the limits of facial recognition

Explore the psychology of how our minds recognise faces and challenge yourself on your own facial recognition abilities. Are you as good as you think you are?

In this section of the course, you’ll learn why it’s so hard to describe a face accurately and consider the best techniques to obtain an image of the criminal from the mind of the eyewitness.

Crack the case

By the end of the course, you’ll get the opportunity to solve the crime using everything you’ve learned about forensic psychology and eyewitness testimony.

If you’re interested in learning more about forensic psychology and/or criminal investigation, then you will enjoy this course. You do not need any previous experience of studying psychology or criminology.

Taught by

Graham Pike

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  • Paddie Reed

    Paddie Reed is taking this course right now.

    This course is really fascinating and set at a healthy adult level of being neither dumbed down to the lowest common denominator nor talking over our heads. However, like most courses delivered by the OU, the estimated time needed to study it is underestimated....
  • Mohammad

    Mohammad completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This course is seriously the best till now I have ever taken on-line. It requires no basics of Forensic Science or Psychology.
    This is seriously interesting and the platform FutureLearn itself is seriously good and very user-friendly.
    It uses not much data if users are on mobile data except for the videos it contains and the course basically is on HTML format making it easy for users to stream , navigate and view the course.
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    Zandra .m. Thompson
    I just like it, so I just want to read and study it for my own pleasure and time. Their is nothing mush to say,I gave you that input because I have heard so much about this course and I you will take me on as a new student who willing to learn and take a few subject with you and others for time passing, thanks you for your time and opportunity.Zandra
  • Emma Abbott completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Loved this course, complements my current studies in accident forensics:) I really enjoyed the practical application of skills such as the Identikit exercise; Futurelearn sure know how to put on an interesting and engaging MOOC:)
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Really well crafted course plan. Good balance between theory and experiments, and case discussions.
    A lot of information about memory and the way it can be distorted. What one can do to reduce distortion.
    A real beauty of a course.
  • R.Michael Aksheiy
    The best course on forensic psychology, very interesting and fascinating.

    Cannot stop going through the course, very well structured curriculum.

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