Do rehabilitation programs work?

The answer to this is a very complex one with many factors to consider. Because there are so many variations in punishment and rehabilitation worldwide, I am going to talk specifically about the UK. When a person commits a crime, they are caught, arrested, charged,...

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Social Learning Theory: Copying what we see

Last week's blog looked at Operant conditioning and how we learn through positive and negative reinforcement. However, over time psychologists build upon other people's ideas and suggest improvements. Some psychologists will completely agree with others ideas and...

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Benefits of online learning

In years gone by we would sign up for a course at school or college if we wanted to learn something new. With the advancements of the internet, learning new subjects is now much more accessible and convenient. There are many advantages to learning online, so below are...

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What is Operant Conditioning?

Operant conditioning is a theory which is used to explain how we learn new behaviours. Operant conditioning is a method of learning that occurs through rewards and punishments for behaviour. Through operant conditioning, an individual makes an association between a...

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Are criminals born or made?

This is a long-standing debate amongst psychologists, criminologists, and sociologists. Some argue that when a person is born it is already determined that they will become a criminal. They suggest that some biological, physiological, or personality traits are already...

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The Psychology of stalking

In this blog, I am going to give you an introduction to the psychology stalking. The definition given in a dictionary is to pursue or approach stealthily. However, this is a very simplistic explanation of stalking. The crown prosecution service defines stalking as...

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