Dr Itiel Dror

Wednesday, January 6 2016 at 7:30PM

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Dr Itiel Dror

What's the talk about?

In many domains experts are called upon to provide research and analysis. Their expert judgment and decision making is often regarded as error-free, or at least as being objective and impartial. Drawing from the fields of medicine and criminal justice, I will present research and evidence from real cases that many different types of psychological contamination affects experts, including fingerprinting and DNA forensic laboratory decision making as well as errors in medical decision making. I will articulate the psychological mechanisms by which forensic, medical, and other experts make biased and erroneous decisions. This research can help identify such weaknesses and provide innovative, but practical, ways to mitigate them.

Dr Itiel Dror is a cognitive neuroscientist. Interested in the cognitive architecture that underpins expertise, he attained a Ph.D. at Harvard University. He has been examining expert decision making and error in a number of expert domains. In the forensic domain he has demonstrated how contextual information can influence the judgments and decision making of experts; he has shown that even fingerprint and DNA experts can reach different conclusions when the same evidence is presented within different extraneous contexts. Dr Dror has published over 100 research articles and has been working with many US forensic laboratories (e.g., FBI, NYPD, LAPD) as well as in other countries (e.g., The Netherlands, Finland, Canada, and Australia) in providing training and implementing cognitive best practices in evaluating forensic evidence, as well as with hospitals and medical training to minimise medical error. More information is available at www.cci-hq.com.