10 Hours | 10 CEs

This on-demand professional training program Minimizing Bias in Forensic Decision Making, is presented by Itiel E. Dror, Ph.D., in partnership with Cognitive Consultants International.

It focuses on Minimizing bias in Forensic Decision Making. The program covers the brain and cognitive issues relating to bias and cognitive processing and then connects the cognitive science issues to practical and specific topics in forensic decision-making. In addition to knowledge about the cognitive factors in forensic decision-making, the program also provides practical solutions to address weaknesses and best practices to enhance forensic practices.

Specific application to forensic mental health evaluation is provided through engaging discussions between Dr. Dror and Dr. Patricia Zapf, a forensic psychologist and expert in best practices in forensic mental health evaluation. In addition, Dr. Zapf provides elaboration on how the factors discussed by Dr. Dror apply to a forensic mental health evaluation.

Conducting forensic examinations is similar to other expert domains that require perception and interpretation of information, such as in the military, medical, and financial disciplines. Even in everyday life, humans constantly process information. Information is perceived, encoded, represented, transformed, stored, retrieved, compared to other details, evaluated, and assessed, to name just a few cognitive processes. The human mind is not a camera, as we actively process and compare the information. It is naive to think we passively construct and experience reality and perceive the environment as 'it is.'

We engage in various cognitive processes that organize and structure the information as it comes in from the external world. Data is then further interpreted and processed in ways that highly depend on the human mind and cognitive factors. As we dynamically process information, we affect what we see, interpret and evaluate it, and our decision-making process. Thus, to enhance expert performance and understand that different factors may affect their work, especially in a highly specialized domain such as forensics, one needs to consider the role of the human mind and cognitive factors (Dror, 2015).

While some education is provided to forensic experts, there is a lack of training in the psychological and cognitive elements involved in forensic decision-making. Thus, there is a lack of systematic training and professional development in the influence of human cognition on forensic work. This program is a step towards addressing training in the cognitive factors involved in forensic decision-making.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe background information regarding the human mind and cognitive system

  • Describe how information and knowledge is acquired, processed, represented, encoded, stored, utilized, retrieved, compared, and evaluated

  • Describe how decisions are made

  • Demonstrate the connection between information and a variety of forensic decision making processes that forensic examiners typically use

  • Describe how cognitive factors can be utilized to make forensic experts’ work more efficient

  • Describe the pitfalls and errors that can occur in forensic decision making

  • Describe the Factors / Powers that influence the mind of the forensic evaluator

  • Describe the Dror HEP Hierarchy of Expert Performance

  • Describe sources of bias and countermeasures

  • Describe the process of Chunking

Presented By

Itiel E. Dror, PhD

Dr. Itiel Dror is a cognitive neuroscientist who received his Ph.D. at Harvard (1994) in the area of cognitive factors in human expert performance. Since his Ph.D. over twenty years ago, Dr. Dror has been researching this area and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles specifically looking at cognitive factors that mediate human expert performance.

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  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Overview of the Issue of Cognitive Bias

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Question & Answer Session

    • Lesson 1a Video

  • 4

    Factors- Powers that influence the Mind

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Cognitive Architecture- Mix

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Perceptual Mechanisms

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Cognitive neuroscience

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Exercise 1- Foundational

    • Lesson 5 Video

  • 8

    Exercise 1a- Forensic

    • Lesson 6 Video

  • 9

    Interpretation, Judgment, and Decision Making- Part 1

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Interpretation, Judgment, and Decision Making- Part ll

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Exercise 2

    • Lesson 9 Video

  • 12

    Hierarchy of Expert Performance

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Hierarchy of Expert Performance

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Hierarchy of Expert Performance-Applications to FMHA

    • Lesson 10a Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Question & Answer Session

    • Lesson 10b Video

  • 15

    Sources of Bias and Countermeasures/Solutions - Part l

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Bias in Forensic Mental Health Evaluations

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Sources of Bias and Countermeasures/Solutions - Applications to FMHA

    • Lesson 11a Video

    • CHESS Method

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 17

    Sources of Bias and Countermeasures/Solutions - Part ll

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Perceptions of Bias

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 18

    Question & Answer Session

    • Lesson 12a Video

  • 19

    Bias and Error

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Transcript 13

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 20

    Question & Answer Session

    • Lesson 13a Video

  • 21

    Question & Answer Session

    • Lesson 13b Video

  • 22


    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 23

    Question & Answer Session

    • Lesson 14a Video

  • 24

    Question & Answer Session

    • Lesson 14b Video

  • 25

    Future Directions

    • Lesson 15 Video

  • 26


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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Cognitive Consultants International

We are proud to partner with Cognitive Consultants International (CCI-HQ) for this training. CCI-HQ specializes in taking a cognitive neuro-scientific approach to applied real-world consultancy and research. In a nutshell, that means that they apply knowledge and understanding of the human brain and cognitive system to resolve practical problems and human factors issues in the real world. CCI-HQ provides consultancy, scientific research, expert witness, and training that focuses on cognitive and human factors, decision making and performance. The work is led by Dr Itiel Dror and associate consultants, who examine areas such as continuous professional development, improving decision making, and use of technology through scientific understanding of human cognition, applied to healthcare, business, HR, L&D, banking, forensic science, policing, and other expert domains (as well as to everyday decision making, such as marketing and branding).

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