Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation Course - The Open University

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Discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice.

Try to solve a crime using nothing but eyewitness evidence

Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. But psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on this testimony and how careful the police must be when questioning witnesses.

Using videos of real witnesses, from behind the scenes of a police investigation, this course explores the psychology of eyewitness testimony.

You will get the chance to test your own cognitive skills and see if your investigative powers are as good as police officers’, as you try to solve a crime using nothing but eyewitness evidence.

What topics will you cover?

  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Witness memory
  • Inattentional blindness and observation of criminal incidents
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Facial recognition
  • Visual identification

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Investigate and understand the psychology of eyewitness testimony.
  • Develop your own investigative skills.
  • Explore human cognition and discover the mistakes your own brain can make.
  • Discuss concepts of a criminal investigation.
  • Explore and consider the relationship between the limitations of the human brain and miscarriages of justice.

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for those with an interest in psychology and/or criminal investigation and does not require any previous experience of studying either subject.

Who will you learn with?

Graham Pike

Graham is a psychologist & Professor of Forensic Cognition at the OU, with an interest in applied cognition, particularly how psychological knowledge can be used to obtain evidence from eyewitnesses.

Zoe Walkington

Zoe is a psychologist with an interest in how psychology relates to police investigations. She is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at the Open University.

Who developed this course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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Last updated Sep 2020

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