Metacognition in criminal profiling

Barry Woodhouse, Wayne Petherick*

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This chapter is on metacognition and presents the results of Barry Woodhouse's Master of Psychology (Forensic) thesis that sought to determine whether those given a basic level of profiling education were better at discriminating between a good profile and a bad profile. Results suggest that, even with a basic level of education, individuals rated a poor (and fictional) account of profiling as being of poorer quality than the other profile presented in the experiment. The theory behind metacognition, knowing when you don't know, is provided and discussed within the context of the experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProfiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues
EditorsW Petherick
Place of PublicationUntied Kingdom
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781455731749
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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