This paper identifies the issue of cognitive bias, with emphasis on confirmation bias, and its implications within the forensic science field. Biased thinking or processing of forensic evidence can have significant effects on an investigation process. The literature analyzed discusses the consequences of providing contextual or irrelevant ancillary information to forensic experts. Following this discussion, the opinions held by forensic professionals with regards to confirmation bias and erroneous conclusions will likewise be evaluated. It is important that the forensic science field continues to listen to its experts in order to develop solutions for dealing with and preventing instances of confirmation bias.
"Cognitive and Other Types of Biases Affecting Forensic Evidence: Research Analysis and Expert Conclusions,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science: Vol. 10
, Article 8.