Research Areas

Criminal
Decision-Making

 

Why are some offenders, such as those with psychopathic tendencies, seemingly undeterred by punishment? Do they lack awareness of moral rules or the ability to control their impulses? Or might they be correctly recognizing that crime does pay? 

Legal
Decision-Making

 

How do emotions and intuitions affect the way we administer justice? In what ways do they bias the judgments of jurors, judges, and expert witnesses? Can we correct these sources of bias without encroaching upon the beneficial functions of emotion in decision-making?

Cognitive Neuroscience

 

How is behavior represented in the brain? Can an understanding of the neurobiological substrates of impulse control help us know when former offenders are at risk of reoffending? 

 

Political
Decision-Making

When do irrelevant factors bias voting decisions? How can we increase transparency in voting decisions and ensure that voting outcomes are consistent with voters' internal values? 

 

Technology & Behavior

How can the justice system improve its ability to help former offenders successfully reintegrate into their communities? How can supervision officers maintain accountability of their clients following incarceration? How can smart phone technology help to meet these needs?