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Folk Psychology Is Here To Stay

After more than 2000 years, folk psychology appears as though it is here to stay, nonetheless there are a number of philosophers, psychologists and the like who argue that folk psychology is a theory, and that that theory is false. However these people seem to jump rather quickly to this conclusion and upon closer inspection their arguments fall apart.

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The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) Conference held this week highlighting that international law enforcement agencies need to work with global industry partners, including non-government organisations, to keep children across the world safe from online child sexual exploitation.

The fourth biennial international VGT conference held in Sydney closed on Friday and saw VGT senior board members from the eight international partner agencies reiterate the importance of a multi-faceted approach to the fight against online child sexual abuse and removing children from harm. (more…)

The purpose of this particular paper is to introduce the field of psychopathy research among children and adolescence and critically examine the treatment approaches that are currently being utilised in the field for serious and violent offenders. One’s primary focus will be directed towards an article by Caldwell, Skeem, Salekin and Van Rybroek (2006) which is perceived to be one of the most important of recent years. (more…)

It has been some time since i’ve had any chance to add content to this website, and there are still a number of areas that are inactive courtesy of the website re-design i did not get to finish as yet. Below is my latest paper written for my post graduate study, and as i have finally received marks for it i can now share it with all of you. Reference list is available upon request, happy reading.

In this paper one will first introduce Social Learning Theory (SLT), before examining the case of Nigel, a 19 year old male who is currently serving a six year custodial sentence for assault and robbery and identifying the maladaptive behaviour patterns Nigel is exhibiting before conceptualising them in the vein of SLT. Further to this a rehabilitation program shall be discussed which will include the reasons for a SLT approach, the objectives of the program in regards to Nigel and finally how we would measure positive and negative outcomes. Lastly, before concluding the essay, one will examine current research in the field and establish how successful the rehabilitation program is likely to be in Nigel’s situation. (more…)

posted by Ewan Williams
August 27, 2010

Post-Graduate Study Undertaking

As some of you likely know, i am now the only contributor to this website (and the original owner/operator) and as such i conduct a vast amount of research and write articles when i can – unfortunately i recently started my post graduate study (working towards a Masters in Forensic Mental Health) and subsequently i have had very little time to write articles for this website. I assure you that very shortly you will start to see additional articles on the website (once i have received marks for work submitted as part of my course) but until then, unfortunately, it is very difficult for me to find the time to add anything new (40 – 60 hours a week work, 20 hours a week university study, time with the family etc.).

I do assure you however that the website has not been abandoned, and that this website as well as others in my ‘Blogroll’ at the bottom of the page are being added to and updated when possible. Any questions or comments please feel free to email or comment on any page, i would especially love to hear from anybody living in Melbourne, Australia (as i moved there recently) and anybody interested in forensic psychology or forensic related fields.

posted by Ewan Williams
January 29, 2010

Danny ‘The Gainesville Ripper’ Rolling

Rolling profileDanny Harold Rolling was born on May 26th, 1954 in Shreveport, Louisiana he was the eldest of two boys to father James Rolling and his wife Claudia. His father was a police officer who quite obviously should not have been; he regularly beat both his sons and supplemented these beatings with bondage and blindfolds as punishment for indiscretions.

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Grief is a complex emotion felt by most of us at sometime during our lives, yet there are major individual differences, some appear to be untouched by the loss of a loved one while others become chronically affected to the point where normal day-to-day functioning becomes impossible, while others still experience a delayed onset. Still the question remains; what factors determine the level of grief experienced by a person? The past decades have spawned an immense amount of empirical research and as one would expect with a complicated feeling such as grief, a large number of factors have been proposed in the literature. From the multiple papers examined, all appear to conform to those put forward by James W. Worden.

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posted by Ewan Williams
January 20, 2010

William ‘The Mutilator’ MacDonald

William MacDonald was originally born in England and migrated to Australia. He committed his first murder in Brisbane sometime in 1961 when he befriended a man by the name of Amos Hurst outside the Roma Street Transit Centre. They headed to one of the local pubs and after a lengthy drinking session headed back to the soon to be victims apartment where they drank more. Eventually MacDonald straddled Hurst and began strangling him; Hurst was so intoxicated he never even realised what was happening to him. Hurst’s cause of death was actually listed as accidental and had MacDonald not confessed to the crime he would not have been charged with it.

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posted by Ewan Williams
January 15, 2010

Art of a Killer

John Wayne Gacy MugshotFor those of you who are unfamiliar with some of the better known serial killers, John Wayne Gacy was one of the most prolific and infamous serial killers in the history of the United States. He was sentenced to death in the electric chair, which was carried out back in 1994, for the murder of 33 people. As the story goes, he could have continued for a lot longer – he was an organised killer and a sexual sadist who disposed of the bodies of his victims in the crawl space of his house. It was only when he ran out of room under his house that he started to dispose of the bodies in the local rivers, which ultimately led to his capture.

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posted by Ewan Williams
January 14, 2010

The Connectionist Computational Theory of Mind

While searching for adequate theories of mind one is likely to come across the connectionist version of the computational theory of mind, and it appears that, this particular theory, provides us with working models effortlessly for such cognitive capacities as rapid recognition, associative memory and categorical generalization.

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posted by Ewan Williams
January 9, 2010

Isn’t anthropology just the study of people?

You would be correct, of a fashion; technically the broad definition of anthropology is simply the study of people everywhere and throughout all of time. More specifically though there are a few variations or specialties within the field. In our case, forensic anthropology is comprised of biological or physical anthropology (this includes human and biological evolution) and human osteology (studying the human skeleton). In a legal setting, one of the most common things that a forensic anthropologist will do is examine human skeletal remains.

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