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Adam Benforado's main research interest is in applying insights from the mind sciences—most notably embodied cognition, moral psychology and implicit social cognition—to law and legal theory.

 

Conducting novel experiments and developing existing findings, Professor Benforado's research is focused on uncovering how our legal system may reflect unappreciated aspects of our cognitive frameworks and processes, and, as a consequence, how the law may fail to align with our purported values and fall short of meeting our needs.  He is currently a co-principal investigator (Co-PI) on three experimental projects currently in progress with psychologist collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and the University of Chicago.

 

Projects

 

Why We Punish

Adam Benforado (CO-PI) & Geoff Goodwin (CO-PI, University of Pennsylvania) Drexel IRB Reliance on University of Pennsylvania IRB, Approved 2010

 

Embodied Cognition and Balance

Adam Benforado (CO-PI), Simone Schnall (CO-PI, University of Cambridge) & Theodora Zarkadi (CO-PI, University of Cambridge) University of Cambridge Social and Developmental Psychology Research Ethics Committee, Approved 2010

 

The Effect of Gesture on Adult Perception of Closing Arguments

Adam Benforado (CO-PI), Susan Goldin-Meadow (CO-PI, University of Chicago) & Steven Jacobs (Student Researcher, University of Chicago) Drexel IRB Reliance on University of Chicago IRB, Approved 2010