Thinking forensics: Cognitive science for forensic practitioners

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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. 2017. "Thinking forensics: Cognitive science for forensic practitioners." Science and Justice. 57 (2), pp. 144-154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2016.11.005
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Thinking forensics: Cognitive science for forensic practitioners

ERA Journal ID35135
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEdmond, 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
Journal TitleScience and Justice
Journal Citation57 (2), pp. 144-154
Number of Pages11
Year2017
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1355-0306
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2016.11.005
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1355030616301289
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.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520499. Cognitive and computational psychology not elsewhere classified
480401. Criminal law
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of New South Wales
University of York, United Kingdom
University of Queensland
Victoria Police, Australia
Murdoch University
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