Observation skills are crucial that all forensic personnel must have and use every day in their field work. This course will show what factors influence our observation skills and how these factors influence what we see.
What we think we see isn’t necessarily what is being seen. Our brain can sometimes play tricks on what we perceive is around us.
To be good observers, investigators must be systematic of how and what is seen. Doing so will reduce assumptions being made.
There have been many cases in which individuals have been wrongly convicted of a crime because of faulty eye witness testimony. Events are often remembered differently than how they actually happened.
This course will introduce related terminology, observation exercises, and review related cases.
Content from this course is from Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations (Anthony J. Bertino).