© 2013 – CRC Press
226 pages | 23 B/W Illus.
Profiling is a hot topic today. The post-9/11 "War on Terrorism" has engendered political, ethical, and scientific controversy over its use. The proliferation of recent films, television programs, and books is a sociocultural indicator of widespread interest. Designed for a diverse audience—including law enforcement officers, intelligence and security officers, attorneys, and researchers—Foundations of Psychological Profiling: Terrorism, Espionage, and Deception presents scientific theory and data on the notion of profiles, integrating essential interdisciplinary knowledge related to the practice and applications of profiling that is rarely found in books on the subject.
Exploring the related fields of historiography, hermeneutics, epistemology, and narratology, the book:
When conducted successfully, profiling can immensely benefit intelligence, security, and law enforcement professionals to help unearth behaviors, clues, and "triggers" to when, why, and how someone with bad intent may act on that intent. The book examines this phenomenon and concludes with the author’s speculation on how developments in scientific method and statistical procedures—as well as the integration of interdisciplinary sources, politics, and the cyberworld—may impact the future of profiling.
What Is Profiling?
Definitions of Profiling
Histories of Profiling
From Classical Multicultural Texts
From Lexical History: Usages of the English Term Profile as a Verb
Contemporary Scientific History of Profiling
Politics of Profiling
Challenges of Profiling: Validity and Its Estimation
Lessons From Literary Criticism and Hermeneutics
Challenges of Profiling: What Is Being Profiled?
Languages of Profiling
Existential and Humanistic Languages
The Cyberworld and Psychology
Challenges of Profiling: Who Is Doing the Profiling?
Social Cognition and Uncertainty
Signal Detection Theory (SDT)
Binomial Effect Size Display
Effect Size and Structural Equation Modeling
Close Reading Through Interdisciplinary Sources
Profilers and Politics
The Profiling Matrix
The Profiling Narrative
Profiling Applications: Terrorism
Profiling Applications: Espionage
Profiling Applications: Deception
The Future of Profiling
Appendix: Matching of Learning Outcomes with Film Fragments