Investigative Psychology In Japan: It's History, Present Situation, Landscape

[Speaker] Ochi, Keita:1

In this lecture, history, present situation and future landscape of investigative psychology in Japan will be discussed, and following four topics will be covered.
1. Lie Detection and Polygraph Test
2. Eyewitness Testimony
3. Profiling
4. Interrogation
Investigative psychology has been studied mainly by investigative organ of police department, which has been most focused on polygraph test.
These days study scope is getting wider, including study of profiling and other psychological themes. And study is done not only from prosecution side point of view, but also defensive side point of view.
However, it is true that there is big gap between psychological study method and actual judicial proceedings. How we can implement psychological knowledge and perception into actual judicial proceedings is an important question.
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