The Role of Psychology in Forensic Settings

Psychology Taster Lecture

Speaker: Dr Bianca Serwinski, Course Leader and Lecturer in Psychology

Date: Tuesday 8 June 2021, 4:30-5:30pm

The study of psychology at NCH explores fundamental principles, concepts, and issues in the major areas of contemporary scientific psychology.

Our interactive taster session focuses on the role that psychology plays in forensic settings, with a specific focus on perception and memory. We will learn about the powers of observation and perceptual blindness, realising that we cannot remember something if we did not see it.

We examine how perception can be impacted by multiple factors creating false memory, that in the context of crime scenarios can create problematic and inaccurate eyewitness testimony and false perpetrator identifications. As part of this we learn how aspects such as verbal overshadowing, leading questions, delay and situational factors impact eyewitness accounts.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at NCH, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.

Here’s what previous participants have said about our Psychology Taster Lectures:

“Unparalleled presentations, wonderfully delivered and incredibly helpful!”

“This event was so simple to attend, and super stress-free. The staff and student helpers were so enthusiastic and provided so much information. It was an extremely useful thing to do, and it is brilliant that these are offered so much from NCH and are so easy to attend.”

“It was very engaging and interesting. Loved it!”

“This taster lecture was a great insight into what psychology is like as a university subject, I really enjoyed it! :)”

“This event was great. It included everything it needed to, from answering live questions and providing us important information about the College and the course itself.”

“Bianca’s presentation was very easy to follow – I definitely learned a lot and appreciated the focus on one part of psychology. Thank you very much for this opportunity! :)”

“This has definitely fuelled my passion for psychology, and I can’t wait to continue learning!”