The cause in a nutshell

cant trust your ears
Every day, we identify who is speaking and what they are saying with great confidence. But have you rigorously checked the reliability of your hearing? Phonetic science has. Confidence correlates poorly with accuracy.

Many problems in the handling of speech evidence stem from the law’s heavy reliance on the principle that people can hear with their own ears what is being said and who is saying it.

From the point of view of common knowledge, that seems so unquestionably true as to be barely worth stating.>>   Read more now


abc123Priming is a fascinating phenomenon well known to all branches of cognitive psychology, and becoming more familiar to the general public, under headings such as ‘cognitive bias’ and ‘suggestibility’.>>   Read more now

A new take on satanic messages

You’ve probably heard of the concerns voiced in the 1980s that rock bands could corrupt youth, by recording their songs so that if you played them backwards, the words would turn into a message from satan.>>   Read more now

Don’t miss the real life examples!

Under Causes here, we give some humorous examples to show how, in general, speech perception is influenced at least as much by the hearer’s expectations as by the speech itself.

Under News there are quite a lot of examples more specifically related to the forensic context:>>   Read more now