Forensic Psychology

My specialist interest in Forensic Psychology spans two oftentimes overlapping areas. 

The first lies within the pivot point by which deviant behaviours turn from being atypical and antisocial to criminal in nature. Here, we ask what factors lead individuals to undertaking a criminal lifestyle - such as neurobiological abnormalities as well as wider social and development predictors. My work in this area has used brain imaging to identify neural predictors of antisocial behaviour (Fido et al., 2012) and psychopathic traits (Fido et al., 2017) and has recently explored how these indices might

be mediated by diet - specifically omega-3 fatty acid intake (such as that obtained from oily fish) (Fido et al., 2020). More recently, with the proliferation of internet-based crimes such as "revenge pornography" and up-skirting - my research group has begun to try and understand what might motivate such individuals to commit said crimes (Harper et al., 2019; Rao et al., 2020). 

The second builds on this work - revolving around better understanding the public's perceptions of criminal behaviour. We have recently found that very few people even consider internet-based criminal offending involving the taking and distribution of private sexual images a crime (Rao et al., 2020) - and when they do, their perceptions of said crimes can alter as a function of their personality traits (Fido et al., 2019). Moreover, we have explored the role of psychopathic personality traits within the general population  (Fido & Williams, 2018) and how psychopathy might stunt our connection with the natural world (Fido & Richardson, 2018; Fido et al.,2020).