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Psychology, Fifth Edition by Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER12

Think Before You Speak

In This Chapter

  • Meeting the mind detectives
  • Putting together prototypes
  • Seeing how culture changes one’s mind
  • Examining the evidence
  • Investigating the detective in your head

Long before serial killer Wayne Williams was caught, psychologist John Douglas described him as a 20-something black male and a police buff. He described another serial killer, known as the Trailside Murderer, as a stutterer. And Douglas pegged the Unabomber as a highly intelligent white male with an obsessive-compulsive personality and a previous university affiliation. In all three cases, Douglas’s profiles were right on the mark.

So how ...

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