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Investigating CSI

A Quest for Identity

The Fingerprint in Its Natural Environment

by Doranna Durginon CSI

Secretive and yet persistently present, the wily fingerprint wields an unexpected influence over the human condition . . . and yet its habits and needs are seldom taken into consideration. Now, lift the curtain of mystery over the remarkably hardy fingerprint by exploring its rich history, its favorite haunts, its various hosts, and the best methods for flushing it into plain sight.

Under the hot Miami sun, two CSIs process a raised shack on the edge of the Everglades. The shack is obviously a popular make-out spot, replete with fingerprints and condoms both. Or perhaps it was a popular spot–it will take a while for the odor to fade. Until then, insect repellent can’t begin to compete with the odor of decay.

One of the CSIs is young and Latino, with intense dark eyes now focusing on the task at hand–assessing fingerprint recovery from the worn, painted door of the shack. … read more»

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The Psychology of Dexter

Denial and Rita

by Tamara McClintock Greenbergon Dexter

Dexter is a story of a serial killer with sociopathic tendencies (as he is not entirely void of feeling connected to others, as a true sociopath would be) whose main challenge is living in society while struggling to conceal both his destructive impulses and his acts of brutal … read more»

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The Psychology of Twilight

It's All in the Family

by Lisa M. Dinella, Gary W. Lewandowski, Jr., Ph.D.on the Twilight Saga

Most people view their family as the most important thing in their life. Common aphorisms such as “know your roots” and “blood is thicker than water” emphasize the foundational nature of family and the continuing role it plays in our lives. Why is family so key in our lives? The … read more»

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Perfectly Plum

Exploding the Myth of the Jersey Girl

by Devon Ellingtonon Stephanie Plum

“Everything in New Jersey has a bad odor. It’s one of the few things a person can count on” (38). That’s one of Stephanie Plum’s early comments in the first of her adventures, One for the Money. The first time I read those lines, I howled with laughter. I’ve spent … read more»

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The Psychology of Harry Potter

Using Psychological Treatment with Harry

by Neil Mulholland, Ph.D.on Harry Potter

I am a tremendous Harry Potter fan. As a reader, I revel in vicariously experiencing his triumphs and disasters and in imagining the adventures that this amazing young hero bravely jumps into while searching for his destiny. As a professional psychotherapist, though, it is even more intriguing to me to … read more»

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