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Starting date, Friday 1 Oct 2021
10-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Wednesday 1 Dec 2021
10-5pm | 1 day

Course overview

Learn how decision making is influenced by a myriad of psychological factors.

The course was very in-depth. Lots to chew on and think over. One realised how fallible human thinking is, especially within the context of the law. I enjoyed the entire lecture as the Tutor had a lot of experience and broad knowledge on the subject.

Nina Smith

The course is available in four formats:

• Campus
• Clients' Office
• Online (Virtual Classroom) with live tutoring
• Bespoke (Group or 1-2-1 coaching)

The human brain is the most complex object known in the universe. Its immense complexity comes with a number of vulnerabilities, including some that affect our decision making.

This course provides knowledge on how to protect our decision-making from negative influences – including both internal and external factors.

This fascinating topic is addressed from psychological, neuroscientific, linguistic and genetic perspectives.

Why choose this course

The course director has multi-disciplinary expertise in law, psychology and genetics and over 11 years of experience in delivering training in these areas, including to the judiciary.

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.

Campus Courses - VAT-free: Our venues are in central London (Senate House) and in New Cross. You can select your preferred location by choosing the date available.
Virtual Classroom Courses - VAT-free: Live tutoring brings all the benefits of face to face training and, in addition, improves skills for ‘digital’ participation. There is an increasing need for online activities in all areas of life – making ‘digital’ participation an essential skill of the 21st century.
Bespoke Courses: If you are interested in a tailor-made Public Speaking course option: 1-1 coaching or bespoke group training, please contact us using the email or phone number provided below.

Is this course for me

In this course you will learn about one of the most important aspects of our lives – decision making. Therefore, this course is important for everyone, and particularly important for those involved in decision-making that affects other people. This includes judges, policy makers, enforcement officers, teachers as well as parents.

Elements of this course include:

1. Cognitive limitations/mind bugs.
2. Biases.
3. Attribution errors.
4. Memory.
5. Attention.
6. Consciousness and control over behavior/decisions.
7. Metaphor.
8. Language.
9. Lying and lie detecting, honest vs. dishonest.
10. Personality.
11. Mental health.
12. Individual differences.
13. Minimising influences and protecting decision making.

Other clients also took:

Public Speaking and Presenting (1 week)
Psychology and Law (1 day)



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, Friday 1 Oct 2021
10-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Wednesday 1 Dec 2021
10-5pm | 1 day


If you have any questions about this course please contact air ( or phone/WhatsApp +44 (0)7908 566 949. For information about our other courses, please visit the AIR homepage.

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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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