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Forensic Cognition Research Group Seminar Series

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 15:30 to 17:30
Hamilton House, Room 7, Mabledon Place, WC1H 9BD

Forensic Cognition Research Group Seminar Series

Hamilton House, Room 7, Mabledon Place, WC1H 9BD
Convenor: Lara Frumkin‚Äč

Speakers - David Walsh, De Montfort University, Leicester, Liam Ralph, Northumbria University, Newcastle and James Munro Edinburgh Napier University

David Walsh
The challenges in gathering information in the investigation of County Lines crimes

Focus- Understanding and overcoming barriers to the police gaining reliable information in County Lines investigations involving adolescents and other vulnerable people who have been coerced into offending

Liam Ralph
Enhancing police legitimacy through face-to-face and online encounters with citizens

Focus Police legitimacy forms the cornerstone of much police research given its links with public compliance and cooperation with the law. Yet little is known about how police legitimacy compares between physical and digital spaces. This is explored in connection to findings from recent research conducted in a Scottish context that involved observations and interviews with police officers and staff, focus groups with citizens, and analysis of police and citizen engagement on Twitter. The overlapping and distinct features of police legitimacy in the physical and digital sphere is connected to how police officers, police staff, and citizens talk about policing in these spaces

James Munro
A fMRI and behavioural investigation of trait anxiety and attentional control: Worry begets a loss of focus

Focus- Anxiety is known to impair attentional control particularly when task demands are high. Neuroimaging studies generally support these behavioural findings, reporting that anxiety is associated with increased (inefficient) activity in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) during attentional control Tasks. This inefficiency might not result in poorer task performance, but indicate that more resources are being used to maintain steady performance. These findings may give some insight into real-world performance issues such as student achievements. Less is known about the relationship between worry (part of the cognitive dimension of trait anxiety) and DLPFC/ACC function and connectivity during attentional control. In the presentation, I seek to clarify the relationship by reporting a recently published study.