Sicario Culture: An Analysis of Violent Crime and Aggression in Colombia During the 80s and 90s

According to Blackburn (2005, pp. 211-223), “aggression describes the intentional infliction of harm, including psychological discomfort as well as injury, although it is sometimes loosely equated with vigour in competitive situations […] a constant need to discharge aggressive energy governs human behaviour […] anger is a socially constructed emotion […] In personality disorders, ego weaknessContinue reading “Sicario Culture: An Analysis of Violent Crime and Aggression in Colombia During the 80s and 90s”

Book review: Witness for the Defense: the Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert who puts Memory on Trial

If you are a student of psychology, you might have already come across Professor Loftus’ work on eyewitness memory. She is the pop star and hollywood personality within the field of forensic psychology, and has served as an expert witness in high profile cases such as Ted Bundy and more recently Harvey Weinstein (Associated PressContinue reading “Book review: Witness for the Defense: the Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert who puts Memory on Trial”

The Developmental Trajectory: Theory of Mind (ToM)

The developmental trajectory is the progressive continuum through which a human ability develops in life (Hewson, 2015). For instance, research suggests that theory of mind (ToM)–  the ability to attribute mental states (e.g. false beliefs) that differ from one’s own to other people begins to develop around age 4- and becomes more complex/sophisticated with maturityContinue reading “The Developmental Trajectory: Theory of Mind (ToM)”

Book Review: Ted Bundy: Conversations With a Killer

Because simply watching the docuseries on Netflix is not enough, I decided to read the book by Michaud and Aynesworth (2019) which contains the transcripts from conversations with Theodore Robert Bundy, also known as the All-American Boy (Loftus and Ketcham, 1991). This book provides real insight into Bundy’s psychological discourse, and it can be observedContinue reading “Book Review: Ted Bundy: Conversations With a Killer”