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The cognitive underpinnings of bias in forensic mental health evaluations.


Abstract We integrate multiple domains of psychological science to identify, better understand, and manage the effects of subtle but powerful biases in forensic mental health assessment. This topic is ripe for discussion, as research evidence that challenges our objectivity and credibility garners increased attention both within and outside of psychology. We begin by defining bias and provide rich examples from the judgment and decision making literature as they might apply to forensic assessment tasks. The cognitive biases we review can help us explain common problems in interpretation and judgment that confront forensic examiners. This leads us to ask (and attempt to answer) how we might use what we know about bias in forensic clinicians’ judgm... (more)
Created Date 2014-05
Contributor Neal, Tess M.S. / Grisso, Thomas
Subject bias / judgment / decision / forensic
Type Text
Language English
Identifier DOI: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/law/20/2/200/
Rights All Rights Reserved
Citation Neal, T.M.S. & Grisso, T. (2014). The cognitive underpinnings of bias in forensic mental health evaluations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 20, 200-211. doi:10.1037/a0035824
Note Erratum, “Correction to Neal and Grisso (2014)” published in volume 20, page 345. doi: 10.1037/law00000022
Collaborating Institutions ASU New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
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