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Claims of amnesia for violent and sexual crimes are extremely common as guilty suspects often allege memory loss to avoid punishment. The important issue in each case then becomes whether such memory loss is genuine or feigned. Offenders' Memories of Violent Crimes takes a different approach to the subject by focusing not on eyewitness or bystander testimonies, but on the testimonies of the offenders, or, more specifically, offenders' remembering and telling about their violent crimes.

The book explores offenders' memories with particular emphasis on theory and empirical research on such topics as memorial patterns in perpetrators, instrumental and reactive offenders, crime-related amnesia, crime-related brain activation, detecting lies and deceit and interviewing techniques. Organised into three parts: theoretical aspects of offenders' memories; evaluating offenders' memories and interviewing offenders, this timely volume will further the understanding of criminal behaviour. It is essential reading for psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, social workers and all students and practitioners of clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and law enforcement.

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Sven Å. Christianson is a Professor of Psychology, Ph.D., Chartered Psychologist, and chief of the Research Unit for Forensic Psychology, at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Sundsvall Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Sweden. Dr Christianson has authored or co-authored over one hundred papers published in peer reviewed psychological and medical journals and anthologies, and has written or edited several books regarding crime, trauma, and memory, for example Handbook of Emotion and Memory (1992), Traumatic Memories (1994), Crime and Memory (1996), Advanced Interrogation and Interviewing Technique (1998) and Police Psychology (2004). The objective of his current research programme is to gain an understanding of the relationship between emotion and memory, with a research focus on victims’, bystander witnesses’ and offenders’ memories of violent and sexual crimes. Dr Christianson has been a consultant in numerous murder, rape and child sexual abuse cases, and he is a sought after speaker and psychological expert witness.

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Table of Contents

About the Editor     vii
List of Contributors     ix
Series Preface     xiii
Preface     xv
Theoretical Aspects of Offenders' Memories     1
Searching for Offenders' Memories of Violent Crimes   Sven A. Christianson   Ingrid Freij   Eva von Vogelsang     3
Memory Formation in Offenders: Perspectives from a Biopsychosocial Model of Eyewitness Memory   Hugues Herve   Barry S. Cooper   John C. Yuille     37
An Investigation of Violent Offenders' Memories for Instrumental and Reactive Violence   Barry S. Cooper   John C. Yuille     75
The Nature of Memories of Violent Crime among Young Offenders   Ceri Evans   Gillian Mezey     99
Memory for Murder: The Qualities and Credibility of Homicide Narratives by Perpetrators   Stephen Porter   Michael Woodworth   Naomi L. Doucette     115
Evaluating Offenders' Memories     135
Neuroimaging and Crime   Hans J. Markowitsch   Elke Kalbe     137
Amnesia for Homicide as a Form of Malingering   Harald Merckelbach   Sven A. Christianson     165
The Role of Malingering and Expectations in Claims of Crime-related Amnesia   Kim VanOorsouw   Maaike Cima     191
Evaluating the Authenticity of Crime-related Amnesia   Marko Jelicic   Harald Merckelbach     215
Interviewing Offenders     235
Interviewing Suspects of Crime   Carole Hill   Amina Memon     237
Interrogations and Confessions   Gisli H. Gudjonsson     259
Interviewing to Detect Deception   Aldert Vrij   Par Anders Granhag     279
Crime Features and Interrogation Behaviour among Homicide Offenders   Pekka Santtila   Tom Pakkanen     305
Memory-enhancing Techniques for Interviewing Crime Suspects   Ronald P. Fisher   Valerie Perez     329
Interviewing Offenders: A Therapeutic Jurisprudential Approach   Ulf Holmberg   Sven A. Christianson   David Wexler     355
Index     373
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