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Legal Psychology


课程概述 / About This Course


This course presents the basics of legal psychology by focusing on an individual homicide investigation. Through this case, you will learn about how witnesses remember an offender they see, if and when we can rely on children's as witnesses, and how an offender's characteristics can be predicted based on their behavior at the crime scene. You will also learn about how expert opinions offered during trials can be critically assessed.

教师 / Faculty

Pekka Santtila

Pekka Santtila 教授现任上海纽约大学心理学教授、华东师范大学-纽约大学社会发展联合研究中心 (上海纽约大学) 联合主任;纽约大学全球特聘教授。加入上海纽约大学前,他曾任芬兰奥博学术大学应用心理学教授,并任该校人文、心理与神学院院长。Santtila 教授的研究领域为法律心理学及人类性学研究。他在法律心理学方面研究通过使用虚拟角色模拟访谈法提高调查访谈的质量;在人类性学方面的研究通过理解性唤起与厌恶感的相互作用探索针对性功能障碍的治疗方案。


Professor Santtila is the Director of the NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai and a Professor of Psychology at NYU Shanghai. He is also a Global Network Professor at NYU. Previously, he was Professor of Applied Psychology and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology at the Åbo Akademi University in Finland.

His research is focused on legal psychology and on human sexuality. His current legal psychological research aims at improving the quality of investigative interviews using simulated interviews with avatars. His research into human sexuality aims to understand and develop treatments for sexual dysfunctions with a particular focus on understanding how sexual arousal interplays with the feeling of disgust.

Professor Santtila has provided investigative advice to the police, acted as an expert witness in numerous legal cases and consulted child sexual abuse investigations. He is a licensed psychologist and specialist in legal psychology (Finland).

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