Cognitive Bias in Forensic Decisions | Understanding What It Is, Its implications, And What Can Be Done About It
First, understanding what cognitive bias is, as many confuse it with the everyday notion of bias –cognitive bias is different, as it is often implicit and it impacts hard working, dedicated and competent experts, and thus it is widespread but hard to detect. Second, its implication to forensic decisions making, where experts are heavily relied upon as their decision making is regarded as impartial. In this short webinar I will present how forensic conclusions can be impacted and distorted by irrelevant contextual information, by reference materials, or even by the context in which information is presented or obtained. Third, I will show how understanding what cognitive bias is and its implication to forensic decisions, is important for identifying such weaknesses and for providing practical ways to mitigate them.
This webinar is being offered free as a benefit to all AAFS members and affiliates.
Forensic Lab Talks #5 - Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy – Part I
Branching Out - The Use of FIGG in Forensic Investigations; From the Science to the Solutions.
Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG) is a rapidly advancing field that has gained widespread attention in recent years through its use in generating investigative leads in unresolved violent crimes and unidentified human remains cases. FIGG broadens the field of forensic genetics by combining advanced DNA technologies with genealogical research for the purposes of human identification in forensic investigations. This seminar will address the scientific foundations of FIGG by exploring key concepts such as the DNA sequencing technologies available and the principles of genetic genealogy and kinship analysis to identify genetic relationships between individuals.
This webinar will be held September 20, 2023 by the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP-DOJ) and The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) .