Course dates

Due to the developing Covid-19 situation, Goldsmiths has unfortunately had to suspend all face-to-face teaching, including on Short Courses. Many of our courses are already available via live distance learning, and we are working towards offering most courses online going forward. For more information about taking short courses remotely, please get in touch using the email in the Enquiries section below.

Starting date, Saturday 30 May 2020
10-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Friday 7 Aug 2020
10-5pm | 1 day

Course overview

Learn about the numerous weaknesses of the human mind that impede decision making and enable persuasion to "pollute" of our decisions, as well as how to protect against these weaknesses.

Distance Learning

This course will be taught via distance learning in Spring and Summer 2020, and we are pleased to offer participants a 20% discount for sessions starting in April and May 2020. Please email us at the email below to request a discount code.

Learn to decode the mind

The human brain is the most complex human organ, yet the mind has numerous weaknesses which hinder decision making. Understanding the mind's weaknesses can significantly improve decision making.

This course has been designed by multidisciplinary specialists, and incorporates important findings from psychological sciences, neuroscience, linguistics, and genetics. You will improve your knowledge of mind weaknesses; biases; attribution errors; memory in the context of decision making; attention; consciousness and control over behavior/decisions; metaphor; powerful vs. powerless language; lying and lie-detecting; honesty and dishonesty and mechanism; personality (relevant to decision making); mental health; individual differences; and minimising influences and protecting decision making.

You will learn from a multi-disciplinary expert with expertise in law, psychology, genetics and mind influences, and over 10 years of experience in delivering training in these areas.

Goldsmiths Psychology department is in the World Top 100 in the QS ranking for academic reputation. Papers by our academics are highly cited: our department ranks 55th in the world for the number of citations per published paper.

Is this course for me?

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to learn about human mind processes and persuasion and how they affect our decision making and behaviour. This knowledge would particularly benefit justice system stakeholders, and those wishing to gain advanced knowledge in communication.

Other recommended courses to be taken separately or in combination

Psychology and Law

Public Speaking and Presenting

Intermediate Public Speaking and Presenting

Learn more about the department, and view our other courses on the AIR homepage.




Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable.


  • 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.

Refund policy: See AIR courses main page

Starting date, Saturday 30 May 2020
10-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Friday 7 Aug 2020
10-5pm | 1 day


If you have any questions about this course please contact air ( or call +44 (0)20 7078 5468.

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Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, OR

Senate House, University of London, Bloomsbusy

Tutor information

Fatos Selita

This course is directed by Fatos Selita, a Barrister and a New York State Attorney with training in Psychology, Genetics and Mind Influences. He has more than 10 years of experience in lecturing and delivering training internationally. He also who also directs the Psychology and Law short course at Goldsmiths, and has delivered training on Decision Making and Mind Influences to lawyers and the judiciary in England and internationally.


Learning outcomes

On this short course, you will learn about the following:

  • Mind weaknesses
    • Understanding mind weaknesses
    • Impact of mind weaknesses on decision making
    • Outsmarting mind weaknesses
  • Biases
    • Understanding conscious and unconscious biases
    • Impact of biases
    • Controlling biases and minimising their impact
  • Attribution errors
    • View on our actions vs. those of others
    • Impact on decision making
    • Use in persuasion
  • Memory in the context of decision making
    • Understanding memory, including strengths and weaknesses
    • Reliability and malleability
    • Truth and illusionary truth
  • Attention
    • Attention and memory
    • Selective attention
    • Distraction
  • Consciousness and control over behaviour/decisions
    • Conscious control
    • Impact on decision making
    • Understanding control over own behaviour
  • Metaphor
    • Understanding metaphor
    • Using metaphor
  • Language
    • Powerful vs. powerless language
    • Developing powerful language
    • Minimising powerless language
  • Lying and lie-detecting; honest vs. dishonest
    • Understanding dishonesty
    • Detecting lies
    • Impact of credibility
    • Relevance of confidence
    • Vividness of memory
  • Personality
    • Impact of personality
    • Malleability of personality
  • Mental health
    • Prevalence
    • Effect on people
    • Effect on our decision-making
  • Individual differences
    • Understanding individual differences across traits/behaviour
    • Impact one’s behaviour has on the decisions of others
    • Minimising the impact of perceived and real individual differences on own and others’ decision making
  • Minimising influences and protecting decision making
    • Minimising the impact of own mind weaknesses on own decisions
    • Protecting from persuaders; from direct and hidden influences
    • Undoing penetrated influence
    • Understanding manipulative speeches and presentations (e.g. advocates, politicians, media)

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