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Risk researcher to train San Francisco Police Officers to avoid errors in forensic investigations

Published: 24 September 2015

Dr Itiel Dror, a cognitive neuroscientist and member of the Centre for Risk Research, will deliver a new training program to help forensic investigators in the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) avoid making significant errors when processing and analysing important evidence.

In response to alleged biases in recent investigations, the SFPD have recruited Dr Dror to deliver the training program that will help investigators’ minimize their vulnerability to cognitive biases such a ‘confirmation’ (unconsciously seeking evidence/information to confirm a prior suspicion while ignoring evidence/information that contradicts the suspicion) that may affect the outcome of laboratory processes.

Working with San Francisco Police Department

Dr Dror is the Principle Consultant & Researcher at Cognitive Consultants International. His academic work relates to theoretical issues underlying human performance and cognition and his research examines the information processing involved in perception, judgment and decision making. Dr. Itiel Dror has published over a hundred peer-reviewed scientific articles and his work has been covered by the journals Science and Nature. To learn more about Dr Dror’s work with SFPD please see click here to see a related news article and click here to see his staff profile.

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