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Friday, February 14, 2014

Medwed on Egocentric Bias, Cognitive Dissonance, and Criminal Law

Medwed danielDaniel S. Medwed (Northeastern University - School of Law) has posted The Good Fight: The Egocentric Bias, the Aversion to Cognitive Dissonance, and the American Criminal Law (Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 135-145, 2013) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

The phrase “cognitive bias” often has negative connotations. It is something to be overcome, thwarted, or, at best, circumvented. In this essay, I suggest that two interrelated cognitive biases — the egocentric bias and the aversion to cognitive dissonance — might instead serve as potential assets for a criminal law practitioner in persuading her constituencies.

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