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Murray, J. & Thomson, M. E. (2009). The influence of internal versus external attributions of crime causality: A comparison between experts, semi-experts and lay-people
The overarching aim of the present research was to investigate the possible effects of attribution on the decisions made by clinicians in comparison to those made by trainee p...
Curley, L. J., Murray, J. & MacLean, R. (2017). Heuristics: The good, the bad, and the biased. What value can bias have for decision makers?. the Quarterly. , 41-44. ISSN 1746-6016
This discussion paper will look at heuristics (rule of thumb techniques for decision making), (Tversky & Kahneman, 1974) and their potential value. Typically, heuristics have ...
Marsh, J., Patel, K., Labonte, K., Threadgold, E., Skelton, F., Fodarella, C., …Vachon, F. (2017). Chatting in the face of the eyewitness: The impact of extraneous cell-phone conversation on memory for a perpetrator. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(3), (183-190). doi:10.1037/cep0000101. ISSN 1196-1961
Cell-phone conversation is ubiquitous within public spaces. The current study investigates whether ignored cell-phone conversation impairs eyewitness memory for a perpetrator....
Scottish Institute for Policing Research
The aim of the project is to conduct a systematic review and host round-table discussions to explore the use of police discretion when making decisions in relation to individuals' vulnerability.
Yates, P. (2017). 'Siblings as better together': Social worker decision-making in cases involving sibling sexual behaviour. British Journal of Social Work, bcx018, doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcx018. ISSN 0045-3102
Sibling abuse is arguably the most prevalent form of family violence (Meyers, 2014), with sibling sexual abuse more common than parental sexual abuse (Krienert and Walsh, 2011...
Charles, K. & Egan, V. (2017). Sensational Interests. In Levesque, R. J. R. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Adolescence, 1-8. (Living Reference Work). Springer Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32132-5. ISBN 978-3-319-32132-5
This essay examines the current status of sensational interests and their relationship with offending in adolescence. The essay describes sensational interests, their measurem...
Curley, L., MacLean, R. & Murray, J. (2017). The relationship between the Big 5 personality traits and eyewitness recognition. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis. 13(2), 57-72
The aim of the current research was to identify which, if any, personality traits are related to recognition in an eyewitness task. A correlational design was used with the c...
Yates, P. (2016). Sibling sexual abuse: Why don't we talk about it?. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(15-16), (2482-2494). doi:10.1111/jocn.13531. ISSN 0962-1067
Aims and objectives
To explore two hypotheses for explaining why there is little written about sibling sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the subject in order better to pr...
Dhami, M. K. & Murray, J. (2016). Male Youth Perceptions of Violent Extremism: towards a Test of Rational Choice Theory. Spanish Journal of Psychology. 19(E51), 1-10. doi:10.1017/sjp.2016.49. ISSN 1138-7416
Understanding how people perceive the pros and cons of risky behaviors such as terrorism or violent extremism represents a first step in developing research testing rational c...
Murray, J., Charles, K. E., Cooke, D. J. & Thomson, M. E. (2013). Investigating the Influence of Causal Attributions on Both the Worksheet and Checklist Versions of the HCR-20. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. 13, 8-17. doi:10.1080/14999013.2014.890978. ISSN 1499-9013
Attribution theories suggest that when assessing an individual's actions, judgments are made about the cause of these behaviours and often these judgments focus on internal or...
Murray, J., Thomson, M. E., Cooke, D. J. & Charles, K. E. (2013). Investigating the relationship between justice-vengeance motivations and punitive sentencing recommendations. Legal and Criminological Psychology. 18, 1-15. doi:10.1111/j.2044-8333.2011.02021.x. ISSN 1355-3259
Purpose. The present research investigated the relationship between underlying justice and vengeance motivations and sentencing recommendations made by expert clinicians, semi...
Roberts, S. C. & Murray, J. (2013). Applying the revenge system to the criminal justice system and jury decision-making. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 36, 34-35. doi:10.1017/S0140525X12000581. ISSN 0140-525X
McCullough et al. propose an evolved cognitive revenge system which imposes retaliatory costs on aggressors. They distinguish between this and other forms of punishment (e.g.,...
Murray, J., Thomson, M. E., Cooke, D. J. & Charles, K. E. (2010). Influencing expert judgment: attributions of crime causality. Legal and Criminological Psychology. 16, 126-143. doi:10.1348/135532510X490183. ISSN 1355-3259
Purpose: The present research aimed to investigate the effects of attribution on expert clinical judgment in comparison to semi-experts and lay-people. Two research questions...
Murray, J. & Thomson, M. E. (2009). Clinical judgement in violence risk assessment. Europe's Journal of Psychology. 6, 128-149. doi:10.5964/ejop.v6i1.175. ISSN 1841-0413
The present article discusses the three main approaches to violence risk assessment, clinical judgement, actuarial assessment, and structured clinical judgement, informing the...
Murray, J. & Thomson, M. E. (2009). Applying decision making theory to judgements of violence risk assessment. Europe's Journal of Psychology. 6, 150-171. doi:10.5964/ejop.v6i2.189. ISSN 1841-0413
A considerable proportion of research in the field of violence risk assessment has focused on the accuracy of clinical judgements of offender dangerousness. This has largely
Murray, J. & Thomson, M. E. (2008). An application of attribution theory to clinical judgment. Europe's Journal of Psychology. 5, 96-104. doi:10.5964/ejop.v5i3.257. ISSN 1841-0413
The current article presents an application of attribution theory to clinical judgment, with a focus on the theory’s application to clinical judgments of violence risk assessm...