Bias and Human Profling

What is this course about?

The Bias and Human Profiling course is an introduction to two fascinating topics which are critical to the practice of intelligence. The course teaches students the basics on how to identify their own personal biases and how they may impact intelligence analysis. Bias is often a key component of intelligence failure which means that building knowledge in this area is critical to anyone operating in the intelligence profession. The student’s own biases are then put to the test in one of the most difficult (yet most rewarding) areas of intelligence which is profiling and predicting human behavior. The skills introduced in this section are transferable to any industry including the identification of suspects, assessment of corporate competition, marketing analysis, regulation and change management. This course differentiates ‘human profiling’ from ‘criminal profiling’, introducing students to a technique that has it’s grounding in intelligence field collection techniques and human source management techniques.

What's in it for you?

  • Understanding

    Understand the incredible practice of human intelligence and gain insight and control over your own biases. This course uses real world case examples and introduces you to field intelligence observation techniques.

  • Investment

    An investment in intelligence is an investment in the future. However, Bias and Human Profiling is also an investment in your own cognitive strength and agility.

  • Skill

    Learn to predict behaviour and increase the effectiveness of your analysis. Predict your competitors, more accurately target criminal networks and increase your overall understanding of the world around you.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • How to use this course

    • About Your Instructor

    • Course Welcome

  2. 2
    • Identifying Your Biases

    • Test Your Biases

    • Transcripts

  3. 3
    • What is Bias?

    • Driverless Car Morality Conundrum

    • Bias Exercise

    • Transcripts

  4. 4
    • Introduction

    • Confirmation Bias

    • Hindsight Bias

    • Groupthink

    • Decision Maker Bias

    • Organizational Bias

    • Further Examples of Intelligence Failure

    • Transcripts

  5. 5
    • Overview

    • Multiple and Competing Hypotheses

    • Key Assumptions Check

    • Quadrant Crunching

    • Red Teaming

  6. 6
    • Introduction

    • What is it?

    • Exercise: Who Said It?

    • Exercise Results

    • Memory, Observation and Recognition

    • Human Profiling Techniques

    • The Office Desk Test

    • Further Practice

    • Transcripts

  7. 7
    • Human Profiling Exercise

    • Human Profiling Exercise Results

  8. 8
    • Five Personal Biases

  9. 9
    • Final Remarks

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

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Chief Operations Officer

Anne-Maree Quarmby

​Following in her father's footsteps, Anne-Maree has pursued a career in intelligence from a young age. She has intelligence experience in the private, regulatory and law-enforcement sectors and, from these appointments, developed a passion for human profiling, pioneering multiple new use cases in policing. Her techniques and theories were honed through leading a State Missing Persons Units in Australia. By integrating intelligence based human profiling into previously evidence-based law enforcement work, Anne-Maree and her team were able to identify previously unknown patterns in our cold cases and discern several potential serial killers and one possible serial killer with an excess of eight victims. The techniques touched on in this course have also been used in the areas of East Asian Organised Crime, large scale fraud, private sector company actions, international state-based responses to global events and community and cultural group reactions to government choices. She has traveled extensively, including undertaking volunteering expeditions to the Pacific Islands, West Papua and Ecuador.