Cultural cognition of law
Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 3:36PM
Dan Kahan in facts and law

 Laws of Cultural Cognition & Cultural Cognition of Law

In a liberal society, the state is forbidden to “pick sides” between citizens who subscribe to different visions of the best way of life and must confine legal obligations to ones consistent with interests shared by all citizens. But is this basic constitutional principle psychologically realistic? This project investigates how cultural cognition influences jurors’ determination of facts, judges’ interpretations of law, and citizens’ perceptions of the neutrality of the outcomes in cases suffused with cultural conflict.

Funded by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School, the George Washington University School of Law, and the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, the project has generated studies featured in numerous studies, among them:

 

 
 
       
   

 

     
     
     
     
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