The facts about fiction: What Grissom could learn about forensic psychology

Ramsland, Katherine
April 2009
Journal of Psychiatry & Law;Spring2009, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p37
Academic Journal
Although few studies affirm it, there is much anecdotal evidence that the proliferation of media programming about forensic investigation has affected the way jurors listen to evidence and decide on verdicts. This is known as the "C.S.I. Effect." By association, the media have recreated the image of forensic psychology, and as a result of pervasive cultural ideas, students can apply to college programs with the wrong expectations. While forensic psychology does offer a wide range of career choices, the media depictions often get it wrong. Thus, for educators in graduate programs in forensic psychology, it becomes important to address the C.S.I. Effect with prospective students, so as to assist them to decide if they really wish to pursue this career. This article addresses both the C.S.I. Effect's influence and the actual work of a forensic psychologist.


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