The science of expertise

Public talk, UTAS

Speaker: Dr Kristy Martire (UNSW)

Dr Kristy Martire is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of NSW.

Presentation: The science of expertise

Cognitive scientists have been researching the attainment and development of expertise for decades. However legal and scientific understandings of ‘expert’ performance do not closely align. Where legal conceptualisations give priority to years of experience, reputation and qualification, cognitive scientists value demonstrations of superior performance. The disconnect between legal and scientific definitions of expertise will be explored in the context of forensic science expert evidence. The central role of validation research will be emphasised and critical stance adopted by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in their 2016 report Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods will be considered.