Human mind is strong, and yet has numerous weaknesses affecting decision-making and behaviour. Most of these weaknesses can, however, be outsmarted with knowledge, and this knowledge is essential to anyone whose decisions affect other people (e.g. lawyers, judges, policy makers, parents).
Learning how to outsmart mind weaknesses, relevant to legal practice, requires knowledge of key psychological phenomena, including biases, persuasion, lying, lie detecting, mental health, personality, memory and attention issues, control, attribution errors, individual differences, and influencing penetration paths.
This knowledge is important for all people, and it is crucial for lawyers, including negotiators, litigators and decision-makers / judges. Learning about human mind and behaviour builds the foundations to good client-representation and decision-making.
In this course you will learn about:
- Biases, including main sources of biases and how to minimise biases;
- Persuasion, including how influences penetrate and how to resist unwanted influences;
- Lying and lie detecting;
- Mental health, including prevalence, effect on people and effect on our decision-making;
- Personality, including origins of individual differences in personality traits and how these differences affect our decisions;
- Memory and attention issues;
- Control humans have over their own behaviour,
- Attribution errors – how we view our actions in comparison to those of others
- What influences our mind, including in authority decision-making and general everyday decision-making.
You will also learn how we can use this knowledge to improve decision-making as well as dealing with clients, colleagues and people in general.
This course incorporates latest findings from psychological sciences, neuroscience, linguistics and genetics – tailored to their application in the justice system.
The course also covers relevant aspects of human behaviour; differences between individuals, groups and cultures; and human traits and their origins.
This course is suitable for:
Lawyers, all decision makers (e.g. judges, enforcement professionals, border control); and anyone who wishes to minimise conscious and unconscious influences from internal and external factors (influences of others on them and their clients).
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 'Decision Making: 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.
- 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
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4 Nov - Goldsmiths' Senate House venues, London, Bloomsbury, London