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1

What was the general aim of the study?

comparing accuracy of professional profilers with control and other groups in constructing profiles of serial arsonists

2

In order of accuracy, list groups

1) Professional profilers 2) Science students 3) Senior detectives & fire investigators - no better than control

3

What was deemed as the key factor in creating accurate profiles?

objective and logical analysis

4

What did Hazelwood et al. hypothesise as being requisite skills for profiling?

1) experience in investigation of crime 2) some understanding of human behaviour/motivation 3) capacity for logical and objective reasoning 4) intuition

5

Which group did the 2000 study find to be the most accurate?

The professional profilers - followed by the science students and psychologists

6

How accurate did the 2000 study find the psychic group to be?

no more accurate than control

7

Which group did the 2002 follow up study find to be the most accurate?

The science students

8

What was the strange relationship found in the 2002 study?

Negative relationship between investigative experience and accuracy of profiling. The higher degree of experience, less accurate

9

Criticisms of current study?

low female sample, non-uniform administration