Sequential unmasking: a means of minimizing observer effects in forensic DNA interpretation.


Sir: Observer effects are rooted in the universal human tendency to interpret data in a manner consistent with one’s expectations (1). This tendency is particularly likely to distort the results of a scientific test when the underlying data are ambiguous and the scientist is exposed to domain-irrelevant information that engages emotions or desires (2… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00787.x