Is forensic evidence impartial? Cognitive biases in forensic analysis

Bhadra, Poulomi (2021) Is forensic evidence impartial? Cognitive biases in forensic analysis. In: Criminal psychology and the criminal justice system in India and beyond. Springer, Singapore, pp. 215-227. ISBN 9789811645709

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The presence of psychological biases that influence members engaged in the criminal justice process, specifically experts such as forensic investigators and analysts, is increasingly being discussed as an issue of concern regarding admissibility of scientific evidences and expert testimony. An overview of cognitive biases within forensic science highlights the vulnerabilities of the existing practices, and how they affect objective investigation and interpretation of results. These are presented in context of real case studies to highlight the key issues that compromise delivery of justice, and the need to recognize and mitigate the effect of these biases. Drawing from various existing empirical research and consequent policy recommendations, we discuss reformative solutions to minimize, control, or alleviate the impact of such cognitive biases on the individual expert as well as the collective forensic science disciplines to ensure credible and accurate decision-making.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Cognitive bias | Analyst bias | Forensic decision-making | Psychological contamination
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Psychology > Applied Psychology
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 07:19
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 09:34
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