Branch Presentations

ANZFSS WA AGM & Presentation

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Networking from 5:30 pm. 

Creating the Next Generation of Perceptual Experts in Australia’s Policing and Security Agencies


The WA Branch of the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society invites you to join us for our next meeting, featuring our AGM and a presentation.  The meeting is to be held on Wednesday 28 November 2018, commencing at 5:30pm.  The AGM will commence at 6:00pm and will be immediately followed by a presentation by Dr Matthew Thompson from Murdoch University.  Information regarding the presentation is as follows:



Forensic science has recently experienced increased scrutiny from mainstream science, government, legal institutions and the media.  This scrutiny is particularly evident in forensic disciplines that rely heavily on human judgement and decision making.  Areas of concern have focused on a lack of underpinning empirical evidence, and on training programs that focus on intuition and tradition.  Much is known about how to create elite performers in a variety of fields, yet this knowledge is yet to be applied to forensic training.  In this presentation, I will describe the development of a research collaboration, involving every major police agency in Australia, aimed at creating the next generation of perceptual experts.

We aim to turn novices into experts more quickly by using a novel approach that directs learning toward the most diagnostic perceptual cues. Our approach to developing perceptual expertise is based on an integration of theories from the cognitive and learning sciences, medical education, forensics, and law. The cross-disciplinary nature of the project will generate a more thorough assessment of expertise from different perspectives, and will provide excellent training opportunities for students. Our focus is on establishing improved, empirically validated, and standardised practices for training and assessing human expertise. We expect the project to provide an empirical basis for national training programs designed to create experts that are accurate, reliable, and continuously improving.


About our presenter:

Dr Matthew Thompson investigates human perceptual expertise.  He joined Murdoch University two years ago as a Lecturer in Cognition, after research fellowships at the University of California, The University of Queensland, and Harvard Medical School.  He is working to reduce error in safety-critical decision making in forensics and medicine, and to better understand the nature and development of perceptual expertise.



When: Wednesday 28 November 2018, networking from 5:30pm.

Where: Exhibition Space of Building 500, Curtin University, Bentley.

RSVP: Essential for catering purposes.

Please click here to register through the ANZFSS Event Page.