Believing Is Seeing II: Beliefs and Perceptions of Criminal Psychological Profiles

Richard N. Kocsis*, Gillian Z. Heller

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    This study built upon previous research by Kocsis and Hayes (2004) by investigating whether a bias exhibited by police officers in their perception of profiles would replicate in a sample of nonpolice participants. Additionally, the relationship, if any, between the degree of belief harbored by an individual concerning the merits of profiling and their perceptions of a given profile was also investigated. The findings of this study add to the contention that the biases observed in Kocsis and Hayes's previous study with regard to author label may be related to some intrinsic feature of the previously sampled police participants. Additionally, evidence was found to support the proposition that an individual's degree of belief in profiling is related to their perceptions concerning the merits of a profile. Namely, the more an individual believes in the profiling technique, the greater the merit that will be perceived in a profile.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)313-329
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004


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