Education & Training

Capital Litigation Initiative: Crime Scene to Courtroom Forensics Training

Webinar 11: Cognitive Bias Essentials

Cognitive Bias Essentials: The Use and Abuse of Expert Evidence
Tuesday March 26, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

In Cognitive Bias Essentials, renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Itiel Dror will present The Use and Abuse of Expert Evidence: How to Expose and Mitigate Bias in Experts, focusing on:

  • How evidence is perceived, interpreted, and evaluated by experts and presented in court.
  • How to advise and manage experts so that their decisions may be more evidence based and less biased.
  • How to persuasively demonstrate the pitfalls and errors that can occur in expert judgment and evidence.
  • Using best practices to mitigate biased decisions from your own experts.
  • How to expose impartiality in expert witnesses used by opposing counsel.

Dr. Itiel Dror is a cognitive neuroscientist who is interested in the cognitive architecture that underpins expert decision making. Dr. Dror's research, published in over 120 research articles, demonstrates how contextual information can influence judgments and decision making of experts. He has worked in a variety of domains, from policing and aviation, to medical experts and bankers, showing that even hard-working and competent experts can make unintentional errors in evaluating data. Dr. Dror has worked with many agencies in various countries to minimize error and enhance decision making, and has been hired as an expert on bias by the prosecution as well as the defense. More information is available at

Course materials:

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This webinar is designed for both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Attendees who complete this webinar will be eligible for Continuing Legal Education credits. The Stetson Office of Professional Education will work with each individual participant for reporting specifics. CLE applications will be made to Florida and other states per individual requests. Please email for further information and state specific requests.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-CP-BX-K006 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.