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Forensic Scholars TodayVolume 3, Issue 4

Pseudologia Fantastica: What is Known and What Needs to be Understood

Pseudologia fantastica (PF) is a rare phenomenon that has not been well-researched outside of clinical observations and case studies. This article attempts to further explore how PF is defined, and the characteristics of this condition that differs from typical forms of lying. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Working Memory: A Need for Increased Awareness and Understanding Among Forensic Mental Health and Criminal Justice Professionals

 Working memory can be defined as the ability to temporarily store information while this information is being actively processed. Working memory requires individuals to exhibit attentional control while managing and manipulating relevant information across the span of a few seconds. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Traumatic-Brain Injury (TBI): Facts Mental Health Professionals Need to Know

Traumatic-brain injury (TBI) can result in a host of short and long-term deficits. Individuals impacted by TBI often struggle not only to cope with the primary disability of a brain injury, but also with an array of secondary deficits and limitations. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have been linked to emotional problems (e.g., anger), behavioral problems (e.g., impulsivity and aggression), substance use, and poor decision making. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Violence: A Need for Greater Awareness, Understanding, and Training for Mental Health Professionals

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain is damaged by a blow or penetration from an external force. This could be the result of a range of events including a car crash, fall, or being violently shaken or punched. As such, it is unsurprising that intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common cause of TBI in the United States and around the world. Unfortunately, IPV often persists across time with multiple incidents, which only exacerbates TBIs. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Confabulation and Delusions: A Need for Increased Awareness, Understanding, and Training for Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Professionals

False beliefs such as confabulation and delusions can have serious consequences in criminal justice settings such as false confessions and wrongful convictions. For example, these false beliefs can limit an individual’s capacity to make informed legal decisions like waiving legal rights (e.g., Miranda rights and the right to an attorney), confessing to a crime, or entering a plea. Further, false beliefs may limit an individual’s competency to stand trial or serve as a witness. Learn more. View online or by PDF.