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.


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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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  • When Ignorance is Reassuring
    A billboard reading “On March 16 We Choose” was part of the propaganda effort waged by Russia after it invaded Crimea and then held a plebiscite in 2014 to confirm its takeover. (Photo: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) As long ago as Ancient Greece the poet Aeschylus said that the first causality of war is truth. But what has not been considered enough is why, in the modern age of

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  • How Does Putin Think?
    (Photo: Kremlin.ru/CC BY 4.0/Wikimedia Commons) It is surprising that no commentators have mentioned the parallels, but Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked attack on a peaceful neighboring country has many similarities to Hitler sending German armies to invade Poland and Czechoslovakia. Even though there are many obvious differences historically, culturally and psychologically between

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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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