Cognitive Bias-Recognizing, Correcting and Litigating It

Location: Nautilus 4
Date: Fri, March 24
Time: 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The influence of cognitive bias on forensic science has long been acknowledged but is receiving renewed attention due to recent research and increased scrutiny generally on forensic science in response to the 2009 National Academy of Sciences Report.  This session will present information on cognitive bias from three perspectives: the scientific, investigative and litigation.  The scientific overview will describe the nature of cognitive bias and its potential impact on forensic analysis.  The investigative section will discuss the ways cognitive bias can taint the results of an investigation and best practices for avoiding its harm. Finally, the litigation overview will discuss cases in which cognitive bias was raided  and possible strategies going forward.  Additionally, the panel will discuss specific examples of cognitive bias and suggestions for reform.

201: Intermediate

Cognitive Bias--Recognizing, Correcting and Litigating It

NCFS Views- Cognitive Bias