Managing Cognitive Bias In Forensic Examinations (11/18/21)


Webinar Date

Nov 18, 2021

Webinar Time

9am-11am PST

Webinar Duration

2 hours

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Click here to print or download webinar details: Cognitive Bias General Forensics Nov 2021

Instructor: Dr. Glenn Langenburg

Now, more than ever, forensic service providers are required to demonstrate their commitment to impartiality (ISO/IEC 17025:2017 4.1). This training addresses the concept of impartiality by exploring how cognitive bias can influence examinations across various forensic domains. In this 2-hour course, we will identify potential sources of cognitive bias in forensics science and examine how cognitive bias may impact our decision-making. We will review the current literature on this topic and critical findings. To see how bias can impact our casework we will review forensics cases involving fingerprints, DNA, bloodstain pattern evidence and more, where bias contributed to the error or the management of the error. Lastly, we will identify specific actions, best practices, and procedures that you can adopt to minimize the impact of potential bias. Attendees of this course will be provided with specific examples of how to conduct blind examinations, case-manager models, and sequential unmasking approaches.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. The attendee will be able to define sources of cognitive bias.
  2. The attendee will be able to identify critical research studies exploring the effects of cognitive bias.
  3. The attendee will be able to describe critical elements that led to the errors in several case studies.
  4. The attendee will be able to identify blind spots in their processes where bias can influence results.
  5. The attendee will be able to describe de-biasing techniques that can be deployed before and during casework.

Course Handout: You will receive an email link several days before class to download the handouts and supporting literature. If you are unable to access the link due to agency restrictions, the handouts will be available during the webinar for downloading as well.

Assessing Learning Outcomes (a.k.a. Quiz): Attendees who intend to use the training hours for this course toward IAI Tenprint Certification or Recertification, the completion of a short quiz is required. The quiz is open-book.

Attendance Policy: This webinar may only be attended by the person registered for the webinar. Evolve Forensics does not permit broadcasting, watching, listening, or distributing the webinar or any of the webinar handouts to individuals who are not registered for this webinar.

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For questions regarding the course content, please contact Glenn Langenburg via email

For questions regarding registration and payment, please contact Alice White via email

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