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Dishonesty Uncovered: Thinking about thinking - Overcoming cognitive bias

Posted on 13 July 2021

Successful intelligence work relies on the ability to identify deception, but analysts must first overcome the impact of their own cognitive biases.

In our first Dishonesty Uncovered event, we took a look at the role of cognitive bias and the challenges it and other factors pose to obtaining truthful evidence.

Our guest John Taylor took us through some of the tradecraft techniques used in the intelligence community to overcome cognitive biases and encourage truth-telling, and how these might apply to the legal profession and wider business arena.

John joined the UK Foreign Office in 1971, focusing initially on the Soviet Union before broadening out to work on terrorism and in HR, including as head of training. Since 2001 he has run his own company, training intelligence and security services around the world. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London.

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