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Forensic psychology
Forensic psychology

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1 New research

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Hopefully you will agree that understanding psychology is critical when working with eyewitnesses, and also that psychological research has helped improve the accuracy of eyewitness evidence a great deal.

Research works in a never-ending cycle of enquiry, with new studies generating new insights which lead to new questions that can only be answered by conducting new studies. As a result, a great deal of new psychological research has undoubtedly been conducted while you’ve been completing this course.

Next, you’ll look at examples of some of the latest eyewitness research to be conducted at The Open University, and hear from the academics who are conducting the research. You will then go on to consider some of the practical and ethical dimensions involved in researching eyewitness psychology.