Identify and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of psychiatric diagnosing and mental illness labels.


Module 7 Discussion Assignment

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Eyewitness testimony is a fascinating topic among memory researchers, cognitive psychologists, and legal scholars. Key researchers such as Elizabeth Loftus and Gary Wells have been investigating this topic for several years. Their results are fascinating and have even played a role in changing legal procedures. For this discussion assignment, you are to watch part 1 and part 2 of the video clips listed below on the case of Ronald Cotton.  After watching the videos, respond to the following discussion questions:

1. What are the implications of false or misidentification in the courtroom?

2. Discuss if you agree or disagree with eyewitness testimony and whether it should be allowed in the courtroom.

2. List 2-3 suggestions for decreasing the problem of false or misidentification.

The Ronald Cotton Case (13:01 & 13.07)
This two-part 60 Minute piece deals with the false imprisonment of Ronald Cotton and the numerous problems encountered in eyewitness testimony.

Your original post, in response to the discussion prompt above, should contain a minimum of 125 words, not including restatement of questions or reference sections. Utilize critical thinking, and support your work with additional resources as applicable.

Finally, any content that is paraphrased, summarized or quoted in your discussion post or response must be must be cited using APA format.

  • Identify and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of psychiatric diagnosing and mental illness labels.
  • Discuss why using a multidimensional perspective is important when diagnosing.
  • Discuss the roles of stress and emotions and how they influence medical conditions.

Support your rationale and analysis by using at least two resources from professional literature in your response. Professional literature may include the Argosy University online library resources; relevant textbooks; peer-reviewed journal articles; and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (websites ending in .edu or .gov).

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