Psychology and Law, Goldsmiths, University of London:, Friday, 06. November 2020

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‘Outstanding. It made me revisit the way I deal with clients, judges as well as my own family.’
‘I found the course extremely interesting – the speaker was very engaging and knowledgeable’
How psychological findings can help justice: application of psychological phenomena to all aspects of the justice process, including stops and searches, lineup identification, witness testimony, lie detection, witness statements, advocate’s persuasion of the court, consciousness and free will, and the role of individual differences in the process.

Why choose this course?
This course is designed by multidisciplinary specialists with training in law, psychology, genetics, cognitive science and mind influences – incorporating important findings, as they apply to the justice process. 
Of the thousands of degree-granting universities, Goldsmiths Psychology department is in the World Top 100 in the QS ranking for academic reputation. Papers by our academics are highly cited, we hold 55th place among the worlds' Psychology departments for the number of citations per published paper.

Key elements of this course

 1. General psychological phenomena affecting justice

External influences on our decision making (e.g. persuasion, metaphor, powerful language)

Lying and lie detecting


Mental health, including prevalence, effect on people and effect on our decision-making

Memory and attention issues

 2. Stops and searches

Conscious and unconscious interferes in the process

The long-lasting impact of interferences

Ability to change a decision after learning initial decision was wrong

3. Lineup identification

Suggestions during the process



Special training of the person identifying

4. Witness testimony and witness statements

Witness discussions

Time of event

Impact of questioning

Statements prepared by lawyers

Statements after deliberations

Preparations for witness testimony

Questioning by advocates

Impact of court pressures on different people  

5. Police statements

Discussions with colleagues and at meetings




6. Advocate’s persuasion

When advocacy becomes a threat to justice

Impact of persuasive advocacy

Conscious and unconscious influences on jury and judiciary

7. Consciousness and free will

Conscious control over actions

When is ‘will’ free

Long term influences on free will

8. Role of individual differences in the process.

Origin of individual difference (e.g. personality, including aggressiveness, honesty, politeness) and impact such differences have on our decisions

When individual differences become a threat

Discretion in sentencing and other decision making and its impact on justice

9. Using science (Psychology, neuroscience, genetics) to improve the justice process

Incorporating relevant findings


Is this course for me?
The course provides an essential resource for all people and is particularly important for justice system professionals (e.g. judges, lawyers, policy makers, police). Participants have included justice system professionals, medical professional, business executives and students.

Other recommended courses to be taken separately or in combination

Decision Making and the Mind: Weaknesses, Biases and Persuasion – a one-day course suitable for anyone wishing to learn about persuasion and mind influences and how they penetrate our mind to affect decision making. Understanding of psychological processes is at the core of decision making and communication, and is essential to effective public speaking.
Genetics and Law – this one-day course covers key advances in genetics affecting people’s rights; ways in which people are affected; legal protection in place for individuals and groups; and what individuals and societies can do to protect themselves from misuse of genetic information.
Bespoke training for 1-1 or group bookings – available on request.
All AIR courses & About AIR

This course is directed by Fatos Selita, a Barrister and a New York State Attorney; with training in Psychology, Genetics and Mind Influences; with over 10 years of experience in lecturing and delivering training internationally; who also directs the ' Decision Making and the Mind: Weaknesses, Biases and Persuasion' course, and has delivered training on Decision Making and Mind Influences to lawyers and the judiciary in England and internationally. 

Booking information

Fee: £220


10% when a participant enrolls for more than one of our courses (at the same time)

20% UK students

25% Members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA)

If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free

Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni - email us for current discounts

As a University, we are able to offer our courses at minimum prices, and free of VAT - to make knowledge available to as wide audience as possible.

Group bookings:
To book this course for a group, please email us air(@). The price for group bookings is £1,540, covering a maximum of 8 people. 

Email: air@; Phone: +44 (0)20 7078 5468.
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Friday, 06. November 2020, Goldsmiths, University of London:, Psychology and Law

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