Human mind is the most complex known organ and yet with numerous weaknesses affecting decision-making. Decision making can be significantly improved through knowing about these weaknesses as well as knowing how to outsmart them.
Numerous psychological and other processes (mind bugs) – conscious and unconscious – affect our decision-making. Mere knowledge / awareness of such processes (not how the operate) significantly reduces unwanted influences. In this course you will learn how we can outsmart our inherent and other weaknesses affecting our decisions.
This course incorporates relevant findings in Neuroscience and Psychological Sciences. The course covers numerous practical implications, including what influences human mind and how to improve decision-making.
In this course you will learn about:
- Internal and external influences on our mind and behaviour, and how this affects our decision-making;
- Internal and external influences on other peoples’ mind and behaviour, and how this affects their decision-making;
- How our behaviour can affect other peoples’ decisions;
- How external influences (e.g. persuasion techniques) penetrate our mind;
- How to minimise internal influences on decision-making;
- How to minimise negatively influencing other peoples’ decision.
The course covers:
- Biases (including how to minimise biases);
- Lying and lie detecting;
- Personality, including origins of individual differences in personality traits and how these differences affect our decisions;
- Memory, including reliability and malleability;
- Attention issues;
- Control that humans have over their own behaviour;
- Mental health, including prevalence, effect on people and effect on our decision-making;
- Attribution errors – how we view our actions in comparison to those of others.
This course incorporates important findings from psychological sciences, neuroscience, linguistics and genetics – tailored to their application in the justice system.
This course is suitable for:
- Anyone wishing to get an understanding of influences
- All decision makers (e.g. enforcement, social welfare, government employees, teachers).
- For justice system professionals (e.g. judges and lawyers).
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 9 years of experience in lecturing and delivering training internationally; who also directs the 'Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour' course, and has delived training on Decision Making and Mind Influences to lawyers and the judiciary in England and internationally.
We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. Please be advised that in order to provide an assessment and plan appropriate support we require as much notice as possible and, in some circumstances, up to 3 months. If you are planning to book, or have already booked, onto a short course please contact Goldsmiths Disability Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) at your earliest convenience.
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- 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
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