Sixth Form Psychology

As part of their topic on collecting and processing forensic evidence, Year 13 A Level Psychology students took their own fingerprints to look for patterns as an introduction to more detailed study of fingerprint analysis.

Mrs Mallendane explained the various intricacies of fingerprints, including how to look for distinctive loops (re-curving patterns), whorls (circular or spiral patterns) and arches (wave-like patterns) with each set of prints being exclusive to the individual.

To date, no two people have been found to have the same fingerprints, including identical twins. In addition, no single person has the same pattern on multiple fingers.

A fascinating subject with techniques that have changed very little since the Scotland Yard Fingerprint Bureau was founded way back in 1901.

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