Edexcel A2 Psychology - Criminal Psychology definitions

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Criminal Psychology –

Criminal psychology aims to define crime and the explanations for behaviours which cause it. It also looks at different methods for treating offenders, for example through token economy or anger management. The judgements of criminals are also studied, as well as the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.

Definitions –


Any behaviour which breaks known laws. This behaviour can be learned and usually stems from aggression or anti social behaviour. Murder is an example of a crime.


Repeating a behaviour despite previous punishment or treatment for it. For example, behaving aggressively after being previously treated through token economy for this behaviour.

Token Economy:



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