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Forensic psychology: Taking it further

Updated Monday 12th May 2014

Explore how the mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.

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Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. Psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on evidence gained from an eyewitness and also how careful the police need to be when questioning witnesses. If you're interested in exploring what makes a city smart, look no further than OpenLearn where we have collated material to help develop your understanding on this fascinating subject and more.

Whether you follow our free Forensic psychology: Witness investigation course on FutureLearn, or would like to view a variety of related content on OpenLearn, we've gathered a range of academic articles, videos, podcasts and relevant free courses to support your learning and give you a wider perspective on this fascinating subject.

As you work through each week of the course, stop by OpenLearn to find articles, podcasts and plenty more so you can explore that week's topics in more depth.

Become an OU student 

The Open University offers a range of degree courses and modules in the area of Criminology as well as a BSc in Forensic Psychology

To find out more about our range of short courses starting from £160 visit our short courses page.

Not ready for that step? Take a look at our free OpenLearn resources on Criminology and resources on Psychology.

Take your learning further with our free resources

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