27 September 2022

20:00 - 21:30


Psychology and the Law: When the Rubber Meets the Road


Auditorium, Minderbroedersberg 4-6

Itiel Dror, PhD

Cognitive Neuroscientist, University College London

Biases plague many domains of our life and the legal system is no exception. Experts are therefore relied upon heavily, as their judgement and decision-making are regarded as objective and impartial. Drawing from the field of criminal justice, Dror will present research and evidence from real casework, showing that many different types of biases affect even experts, including fingerprinting and DNA forensic laboratory decision-making. He will articulate the psychological mechanisms by which forensic and other experts make biased and erroneous decisions. Then he will show how this research can assist in identifying such weaknesses and in providing practical ways to mitigate them.