Chapter 7. The Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Test of Sexual Interest in Child Molesters

  1. David Thornton Ph.D Director Professor Member3 and
  2. D. Richard Laws Ph.D. President4
  1. Vanja E. Flak1,
  2. Anthony R. Beech Professor1 and
  3. Glyn W. Humphreys Professor2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747551.ch7

Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders

Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders

How to Cite

Flak, V. E., Beech, A. R. and Humphreys, G. W. (2009) The Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Test of Sexual Interest in Child Molesters, in Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders (eds D. Thornton and D. R. Laws), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747551.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA

  2. 4

    Co-Director Pacific Psychological Assessment Corp., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

  2. 2

    Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 OCT 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin5 and
  2. Mary McMurran6

Series Editor Information

  1. 5

    Clinical Division of Psychiatry, University of Leicester, UK

  2. 6

    School of Community Health Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470057810

Online ISBN: 9780470747551

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Keywords:

  • rapid serial visual presentation test of sexual interest in child molesters;
  • sexual preference - important predictor of sexual recidivism in child molesters;
  • RSVP and ‘ATTENTIONAL BLINK’;
  • models of human selective attention and two stages of processing;
  • event-related potentials and functional magnetic resonance imaging research;
  • attentional capture and attentional blink;
  • assessing sexual offenders using RSVP paradigm;
  • RSVP procedure - tool for assessing sexual preference in child molesters

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • RSVP and the ‘Attentional Blink’

  • Theories of Attentional Blink

  • Assessing Sexual Offenders using the RSVP Paradigm

  • Problems with the RSVP Paradigm

  • Clinical Implications

  • Conclusions

  • References