Guest Talk On Neuropsychology
Of Violence & Crime Detection
The department of Psychology organized a guest talk on “Neuropsychology of
Violence & Crime Detection Techniques” on 8th November 2017. Dr. Priyanka Kacker,
an Assistant professor from Gujarat Forensic Sciences University was invited for the
guest talk. Having an experience of 8 years, Dr. Kacker has specialized in
Neuropsychology, clinical psychology and hypnotherapy.
Dr. Kacker opened the session by stating “We all are somehow related to crime and
anti-social activities.” Later on the Characteristics and causes of Violent behaviour
were discussed. She mentioned that when the basic needs (Maslow's Hierarchy of
Needs) of an individual are not satised then he may commit crimes and anti-social
activities. Further she discussed the Neuropsychological factors leading to criminal
behaviour like Schizophrenia, OCD, past experiences. A case of Chhara community
of Gujarat, known as born criminals was discussed. Oher well known cases such as
“Arushi- murder case” and “Nithari serial-killer case” were discussed from the aspect
of Criminal psychology.
Furthermore she threw light upon various psychological tests and instruments used by
forensic scientists such as polygraph test, narco analysis, forensic hypnosis, fMRI, Brain
ngerprinting and Brain Mapping.
The inquisitiveness of the students stimulated a very interesting discussion and
coordinated very well by Nishmin Unwalla and Jasleen Sahni, students of SLS'16.
Program Coordinator Dr. Ritu Sharma, highlighted the scope of internship
opportunities for Students in this area in collaboration with GFSU.