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?
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?
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?
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?