Welcome from Professor Canter

Although internationally known for introducing scientific psychology into ‘offender profiling’ and developing the field of Investigative Psychology beyond those origins, David has a wide range of interests including his continuing work in Environmental Psychology. Here his many publications and presentations are made available as well as his musical compositions, photographs and poems.


NEW BOOK: Experiments in Anti-Social Behaviour

Experiments in Anti-Social Behaviour by Professor David Canter

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What Offender Profiling Is Not

The idea of creating a ‘pen picture’ of an unknown offender has found its way into popular accounts of criminal investigations as an almost mystical activity. Here you can download Professor Canter’s account of the truth about this process.

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  • The Robot Will See You Now
    Over half a century ago I obtained a computer program called ELIZA. It was a piece of software, probably what today we’d call an algorithm, or even a ‘chatbot,’ that emulated a non-directive, Rogerian therapist. Developed by Joseph Weizenbaum at MIT, it was essentially an early exploration of natural language processing by a computer. Weizenbaum claimed his purpose was to show how superficial is

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  • Are Other People Hell?
    A scene from Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis. Over 30 years ago I submitted, what I thought was an amusing piece, for the British Psychology Society’s in-house magazine, which invited witty articles for its back pages. The essence of my essay was that psychologists were drifting far away from direct contact with actual people. This was being caused through issues such as explorations of

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  • If Music Be…
    Part of the Immix Quartet playing my composition Forse un Mattino. (Photo: Author supplied) My absence from these pages has been a produce of many forces. Paradoxically, pandemic-related lockdown has made access through the internet to colleagues around the world much easier. That has enabled me to get on with the revision of my 1977 Psychology of Place book, but focus on my PhD in composition

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