Inconsistent witness testimony an all too common problem

June 2017

Different witnesses of a shooting at a bar in Appleton, Wisconsin remember the event differently -- a common problem, according to Elizabeth Loftus, a distinguished professor of social ecology.

"Anytime you have a group situation where something happens and you question witnesses about it, you end of up with lots of variation," Loftus told the USA Today Network in Wisconsin.

Ariana Grande benefit concert after Manchester attack signals resilience

June 2017

Just two weeks after the Manchester, England terrorist attack that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert, the performer held an all-star benefit concert for the victims.

The show signaled resilience, and a way to wrest control of the narrative away from the terrorists, according to Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychology and social behavior.

The health consequences of exposure to traumatic images

May 2017

Repeated exposure to traumatic images and videos can negatively affect a person's mental and physical health, according to research conducted by Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychology and social behavior.

And those sorts of images are likelier to fill computer and television screens following a terrorist attack such as the one in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people. In the wake of such attacks, media outlets should be especially careful about how they report on and tell those stories, Silver says.

A harsher punishment: federal drug crime policy shifts under Sessions

Professor Mona Lynch is watching closely as federal drug crime policies become more punitive

The federal prison population fell for the first time in a generation during Barack Obama’s presidency as his attorney general issued memos advising U.S. attorneys to be more restrained in prosecuting drug crimes.

Under President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, the outlook is starkly different. And Criminology, Law and Society Professor Mona Lynch, who wrote the book “Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court,” wants to examine how those changes unfold.

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