Graham Pike

Graham Pike

Graham is a psychologist & Professor of Forensic Cognition at the OU, with an interest in applied cognition, particularly how psychological knowledge can be used to obtain evidence from eyewitnesses

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  • Graham Pike made a comment

    " i don’t dream in languages

    only in prophecies

    & whale songs"
    from Conversation with Immigration Officer by Ae Hee Lee

  • I chose 'horizon', not because it was from any poems I like but more because I always feel a need to look at the horizon after reading poetry

  • HI Synthia - I'm very flattered indeed! Really good attempt as well Synthia.

  • Hi Sue and many thanks for the message. Very glad you are liking the course and please do say hello to Sharon for me - small world indeed! Best, Graham

  • Think you’re good at face recognition? Think again! Join us tomorrow (Thursday 21 April) from 12.30-2.30pm for a live chat with Dr Hayley Ness and Dr Ailsa Strathie, who look at the limitations of the human brain in recognising and recalling faces that can make it very difficult for the police to get a good description of a suspect. Hayley and Ailsa examine...

  • Hi Ana - remember that the live events are FaceBook chat sessions, so are text based not video. You should be able to find the session through the link above - sometimes you have to click on the 'discussion' tab depending on where FaceBook takes you.

  • Hi everyone,

    Thanks for all the great comments about interviewing - some really good points about how bad interviewing style can lead to false memories.

    We have been looking at interviewing witnesses, but obviously interviewing suspects is also a critical part of an investigation. This Thursday (April 14th) between 12:30 and 14:30 (BST) you can join a...

  • Hi Lyn - our tech people have looked into this and it is a problem with FaceBook, which doesn't like you navigating around without logging in. The solution is not to just click on the discussion tab, but instead right click on it and open it in a new tab or window - that gets around the problem. Don't ask my why! ;-)

    Hope this helps,
    Graham

  • Hi Lyn, I've checked with our FaceBook team who say the site is completely public, including the events. They have tried accessing the event without an FB account and don't have a problem. However, when I tried, like you I was unable to access the event without logging in - so it appears to be a gremlin with FaceBook itself. We are continuing to explore the...

  • Sorry about that Lyn - I was told you didn't need an FB account. Will look into it and try and find another way of sharing the discussion.

  • Hi Nicholas, you can still see the discussion even if you do not have a FaceBook account, just won't be able to post. If you have any trouble, or would like me to pass on a question for Dr Briggs, just email me at graham.pike@open.ac.uk

  • Hi everyone, if you would like to explore the fascinating world of visual attention further, join us tomorrow (Thursday 07 April) from 12.30-2.30pm for a live chat with psychological researcher Dr Gemma Briggs, and learn how our brains can entirely miss things happening right in front of our faces... even a man in a gorilla suit! Gemma will explore the...

  • Hi Lesley and Candice,
    The link is;
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1180890515289595/

  • Hi everyone. This Thursday (March 31st) from 12:30-14:30 we are running a live FaceBook chat event with award winning crime novelist Lin Anderson. Lin is the creator of the forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod series and co-founder of the ‘Bloody Scotland’ crime writing festival. She will be exploring the role of forensic psychology in fiction, as well as the...

  • Hi everyone and thanks for all your insightful comments - they have made for very interesting reading!

    If you would like to find out more about forensic psychology, you can explore related content on OpenLearn (the OU’s home of free learning) where you’ll find valuable resources to prepare you for this course. Visit the Forensic Psychology area on OpenLearn...

  • Hi Jane,

    You may also be interested in our FaceBook event on 31st March, which is a chance to meet award winning crime novelist Lin Anderson, creator of the forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod series and co-founder of the ‘Bloody Scotland’ crime writing festival, who will explore the role of forensic psychology in fiction, as well as the facts and fiction of...

  • Graham Pike made a comment

    Hi everyone and welcome to the course!

    Are you interested in a career as a forensic psychologist or in psychology more generally?

    If so, join us for a live FaceBook chat event this Thursday at 12:30 at:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/185468398499314/

    Best,

    Graham

  • Glad the links are proving useful - you can also participate in related research by following this link:
    https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/participation/

  • Graham Pike made a comment

    Many thanks for all your kind comments - and we're so glad you enjoyed the course!

    Do remember that you can still explore related content on OpenLearn (the OU’s home of free learning) where you’ll find valuable resources related to psychology. Just visit the Forensic Psychology area on OpenLearn: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/futurelearn/forensic-psychology

  • Your comments show evidence of true super-sleuthing - and some real insights into the psychology of investigations.

    You may have noticed that you should be able to access week 8 now, ahead of schedule - so do have a look if you'd like. Also remember that you can find out more about forensic psychology at the OU...

  • Well done Nina, you saw through the smoke and mirrors to the heart of the conspiracy - Bullet staged the crime as revenge on an old adversary! I imagine he is sitting, stroking a white cat and saying MWAH HA HA HA even now.

    Joking aside, it is a perceptive point you make. The reason we couldn't use testimony from either Liz or the guards is that they were...

  • Hi Marc,
    Without seeing the letter it is hard to know exactly what the position is and I don't want to give conflicting advice - but it could be that Sara was talking about our old Masters programme, which closed recently. As Laura says, we hope to launch a new MSc programme in the Autumn of 2016 - which will include courses in psychology, forensic psychology...

  • FANTASTIC live event with Catriona yesterday. To see the discussion, go to:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/898461316902740/

  • ID parades provide an interesting insight into psychology. To find out more, join Dr Catriona Havard tomorrow, Thursday22nd Oct, between 12:30 and 14:30 (BST) for a live FaceBook chat at:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/898461316902740/

  • Actually, one of the best pieces of research I saw was in the Netherlands, where ID parades were conducted by showing an item from a crime scene to a dog, who then sniffed the people in the line up and picked out the perpetrator by matching their smell to the item! It had a phenomenal success rate, far, far exceeding human ID.

  • Hi Graham, yes other research has been done on different types of celebrities - particularly footballers, which are good to use because it is easy to find people who do not know them (to use to construct the images) and other people that know them well (who can then be used to recognise them). Our original famous EFIT study did actually use politicians,...

  • At 12:30 today (in 40 minutes!) you can join world leading researcher Dr Hayley Ness in a FaceBook chat event - see:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/447911815417298/

  • Hi everyone,
    Some really great descriptions - and I think you can see how tricky this is!
    We've looked at the crime of robbery on this course, but crime can take many other forms. To find out more about corporate crime and the recent VW scandal, visit our free, online research site at:
    https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/

  • Hi Elina, it's a text-based chat using FaceBook. But it will be visible after the event has finished.

  • If you enjoyed Photofit Me, then you can find out more about using composites in real cases by joining our live FaceBook discussion, where you can chat with Dr Hayley Ness, a world leading researcher who has worked on developing facial composite (e.g. EFIT) systems.
    The event takes place this Thursday (15th) between 12:30 and 2:30...

  • If you are interested in face recognition, then you can find out more by joining our live FaceBook discussion, where you can chat with Dr Hayley Ness, a world leading researcher who has worked on developing facial composite (e.g. EFIT) systems.
    The event takes place this Thursday (15th) between 12:30 and 2:30 at:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/447911815417298/

  • if you have finished this week and would like to look at other relevant material, remember you can visit our free OpenLearn site at:
    http://www.open.edu/openlearn/futurelearn/forensic-psychology
    and also the OU Criminology website at:
    https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/

  • Hi everyone,
    We've got two more live Facebook chat events coming up. First off is a chance to meet and question Dr Hayley Ness, a world leading researcher who has worked on developing facial composite (e.g. EFIT) systems that we will be exploring next week. You can find the event here:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/447911815417298/

  • Let me know how you get on and, if you still have problems, what goes wrong.

  • A lot of you seemed to have been 'lured' into remembering words that weren't there. If you would like to take part in 'live' research projects at the Open University, visit the following page:
    https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/participation/

  • This task is much harder than you think it seems! It has proven very useful in revealing how our minds work (or don't work!). You can find out more about inattentional blindness and psychology in general on our OpenLearn site - there is a page just for this course at:
    http://www.open.edu/openlearn/futurelearn/forensic-psychology

  • Sorry you had problems Kitty - you don't need to be on a course to do the Brainstretcher activity. It works fine on my PC; were you using an apple device?

  • If you would like to read an article written by Dr Havard, you can visit the following website:
    https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/

    That contains work from Catriona on witness memory as well as articles on broad array of issues in criminology

  • Remember that you can explore content related to this course on OpenLearn (the OU’s home for free, online learning). Just visit the Forensic Psychology area on OpenLearn: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/futurelearn/forensic-psychology

  • sorry to hear you are having problems Ziporah. If they continue do get in contact with FutureLearn to see if they can help - you can do this by clicking on the question mark to the bottom right of the window.

  • Hi Mandy, you will find some (amateur) crime fiction is part of this course as we follow two fictional investigations. To find out a bit more about this, you can read an article I wrote about the...

  • Many of you participated in the chat session on Thursday with leading crime novelist Lin Anderson. Lin emailed me after the session to say how much she enjoyed it and how interesting she found your questions - she liked it so much she wants to do it again on our next course! If anyone would like to see the discussion, you can find it...

  • Hi everyone. Very glad you enjoyed this week!

  • Hi Daniel,

    The best starting place for studying forensic psychology at masters level is the website of The British Psychological Society, see:
    http://www.bps.org.uk/careers-education-training/society-qualifications/forensic-psychology/qualification-forensic-psychol

    and the following for a list of masters...

  • Yes Simone - its a text based chat, so the text should still be viewable later.

  • Some great comments and insights! If you would like to participate in relevant research being conducted at the Open University, visit the following link:
    https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/participation/

  • Graham Pike made a comment

    At several points in the course we run discussion sessions on FaceBook. This Thursday between 12 and 2 you will have the chance to talk to Lin Anderson, the award winning author of the 'Rhona Macleod' series of crime thrillers (a major TV series is in development) and one of the founders of the 'Bloody Scotland' crime writing festival. As well as crime...

  • Graham Pike made a comment

    Hello everyone and welcome to the course! Myself, and facilitators Laura, Jacky, Ann and Claire are looking forward to meeting you and reading your comments as the course progresses. :-)

  • If you are interested in participating in research on police ethics, please follow this link to an online survey:
    https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_cIo1CIErUEqa8OV

  • Many thanks for your feedback 'Ja B' and very glad you liked the course.

    We did cover both 'adversarial' (UK and US) and 'inquisitorial' (many European countries) legal systems, and hope we did not describe UK procedures as the latter anywhere - as that would indeed be a mistake. I'll have a look to see if I can find where we might have done this, but if...

  • Many thanks Paula - an interesting point about the OU! I've not heard that before, and not sure the OU would have been foremost in their minds when raising fees - which came from the Browne review, which included elements that many at the OU received positively at the time. For me, the key point was made by David Mitchell who said that whatever the politics,...

  • Thanks for all your comments and feedback. We've just published the latest article in our online series, which looks at the rise of poverty in the UK and it's links with crime. See:
    https://oucriminology.wordpress.com/

  • Hi Avril,
    They weren't all middle-aged - we had younger and older people too (just the best examples tended to be middle aged I think). We used Caucasian men because at the time of the study the E-FIT feature databases available for women and non-Caucasian ethnicities were not sufficiently developed and would have been too much of a limiting factor.

    The...

  • Hi everyone, just a reminder that our course page on OpenLearn changes each week to link to other free, online material relevant to the topics we are covering. See:
    http://www.open.edu/openlearn/futurelearn/forensic-psychology

  • To find out how psychologists are trying to improve ID parades, why not join world leading research Dr Catriona Havard on FaceBook today between 12:30 and 2:30:
    https://www.facebook.com/theopenuniversity.socialscience

  • Between 12:30pm and 2:30pm today (UK time), join Dr Catriona Havard to discuss whether children make poorer witnesses than adults and explore the techniques that researchers have developed to help obtain eyewitness evidence from children.
    The discussion takes place today, Tuesday 21 April, via The Open University’s Faculty of Social Sciences Facebook...

  • I can't find a (free) online version either I'm afraid, otherwise I'd post the link - but as you say, you don't want to spend your life following everything up! ;-)

  • Hi Vivienne, I can't remember the sample size (though there was certainly sufficient statistical power) , but performance was actually very high given that participants were simply asked to name an EFIT. Prior to this study, the techniques used to evaluate images included asking participants to just rate the image or pick a name from a selection of, say, 5 or...

  • Hi Charles,
    Just checked, and you don't need an FB account to see the chat event. If you follow this link:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/418041671654205

    you can see all the comments that were posted.
    Best,
    G

  • Hi Charles - I'll check, but don't think you need to have an FB account to see the event (only to post). It was text-based, so the 'recording' is simply the comments and replies that were posted. TBH they are too lengthy to post up to the course, but I'll see if there is someway of linking to them for you.
    Best,
    Graham

  • A few people have asked about these and I wanted to repeat that the FaceBook live chat sessions (including the one today with Hayley Ness) are text-based - not video or audio. You just post up your questions and thoughts like you would FB comments and Hayley will answer them.

  • A few people have asked about these and I wanted to repeat that the FaceBook live chat sessions (including the one today with Hayley Ness) are text-based - not video or audio. You just post up your questions and thoughts like you would FB comments and Hayley will answer them.