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A level students at Derby College’s Joseph Wright sixth form centre have been given the opportunity to learn from two leading experts in the field of criminal psychology to enhance their studies.
Students attended a conference in Westminster where they heard from Professor Philip Zimbardo.
His infamous Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971, which has inspired a blockbuster movie, is still see as one of the most controversial yet insightful pieces of research ever conducted.
His study investigating how a given situation, in this case a prison, can totally alter a person’s behaviour and is a key element in the A Level Psychology curriculum.
Students were able to ask questions after the lecture and met the Professor and his wife Christina Maslach, a researcher in her own right.
They also took part in an exclusive interactive e-lecture with Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr Itiel Dror from University College London.
Dr Dror specialises in emotional and cognitive bias associated with fingerprint analysis and trains the FBI and the Metropolitan Police has appeared on Newsnight to discuss his findings of his research.
The 45 minute session allowed students to quiz Dr Dror on the specifics of his research and the key applications as well as the current thinking in the field.
Derby College Psychology Lecturer and Humanities Team Manager Glyn Pickering said: “Both of these lectures were incredibly insightful.
“It has been a unique opportunity for students to learn more about the profession and field questions to these stalwarts about their areas of expertise.”