Thinking forensics: cognitive science for forensic practitioners

Edmond, Gary, Towler, Alice, Growns, Bethany, Ribeiro, Gianni, Found, Bryan, White, David, Ballantyne, Kaye, Searston, Rachel A., Thompson, Matthew B., Tangen, Jason M., Kemp, Richard I. and Martire, Kristy (2016) Thinking forensics: cognitive science for forensic practitioners. London, United Kingdom, 57 2: 144-154. doi:10.1016/j.scijus.2016.11.005

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Author Edmond, Gary
Towler, Alice
Growns, Bethany
Ribeiro, Gianni
Found, Bryan
White, David
Ballantyne, Kaye
Searston, Rachel A.
Thompson, Matthew B.
Tangen, Jason M.
Kemp, Richard I.
Martire, Kristy
Title Thinking forensics: cognitive science for forensic practitioners
Journal name London, United Kingdom   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1876-4452
Publication date 2016-12-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.scijus.2016.11.005
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 57
Issue 2
Start page 144
End page 154
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Human factors and their implications for forensic science have attracted increasing levels of interest across criminal justice communities in recent years. Initial interest centred on cognitive biases, but has since expanded such that knowledge from psychology and cognitive science is slowly infiltrating forensic practices more broadly. This article highlights a series of important findings and insights of relevance to forensic practitioners. These include research on human perception, memory, context information, expertise, decision-making, communication, experience, verification, confidence, and feedback. The aim of this article is to sensitise forensic practitioners (and lawyers and judges) to a range of potentially significant issues, and encourage them to engage with research in these domains so that they may adapt procedures to improve performance, mitigate risks and reduce errors. Doing so will reduce the divide between forensic practitioners and research scientists as well as improve the value and utility of forensic science evidence.
Keyword Bias
Human factors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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