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Maggie Wittlin

Cultural Cognition Lab

 Associate-in-Law, Columbia Law School


Lab Projects

The Results of Deliberation

Several Cultural Cognition studies have demonstrated that cultural values influence individual jurors' factual findings. I am working to expand those findings from individual jurors to juries, investigating whether group deliberation exacerbates or mitigates the effects of cultural cognition. Using a deliberation model developed by Robert MacCoun, I specify the demographic or cultural composition of a venire and simulate jury verdicts in different cases. Read a draft of the paper here.



Cultural Cognition Project

The Polarizing Impact of Science Literacy and Numeracy on Perceived Climate Change Risks, 2 Nature Climate Change 732 (2012) (with Dan M. Kahan, Ellen Peters, Paul Slovic, Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Donald Braman & Gregory Mandel)


Note, Buckling Under Pressure: An Empirical Test of the Expressive Effects of Law, 28 Yale J. on Reg 419 (2011).

Some Science Writing

Science and Democracy, Seed Magazine, January/February 2008.

Seeing the Unseeable, Seed Magazine, July/August 2007.

Dead Bacteria Walking,, Oct. 20, 2006.

Looking Away May Help You Face Mental Challenges, Sep. 14, 2006.

Acting Under Surveillance,, July 19, 2006.

The Universe Before It Began,, May 22, 2006.

Is the Universe Older Than We Thought?,, May 10, 2006.


Puzzle Contests I've Won (Once)

Matt Gaffney's Weekly Crossword Contest (now twice!)

Mental Floss's How Did You Know?



Yale Law School, J.D. 2011

Yale College, B.S. (physics) 2005


Legal Experience


Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP (2013-14)

Law Clerk

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2012-13)

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (2011-12)


I tweet, alas.