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Facts and Law

Adjudication frequently turns on contested issues of fact (e.g., whether protestors blocked an abortion clinic entrance or whether a motorist fleeing police put innocent life at risk), which must be determined either by juries or judges. CCP is conducting experimental studies to determine how cultural values influence adjudicatory fact findings and public reactions to the same.

Ongoing studies are being conducted on a variety of issues arising primarily in criminal law. Research for this project is being 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 Supreme Court 2010 Term- Foreword: Neutral Principles, Motivated Cognition, and Some Problems for Constitutional Law  

“They Saw a Protest”: Cognitive Illiberalism and the Speech-Conduct Distinction

Whose Eyes Are You Going to Believe? An Empirical (and Normative) Assessment of Scott v. Harris

Some Realism about Punishment Naturalism

Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Perceives What, and Why, in "Acquaintance Rape" Cases

The Self-Defensive Cognition of Self-Defense

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