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As a legal scholar, his principal interest is in applying insights from the mind sciences—most notably cognitive psychology—to law and legal theory.  He is particularly focused on issues arising in criminal law.

 

Conducting novel experiments and developing existing findings, Professor Benforado’s research is dedicated to 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.  

      Recent Grants

 

 

      UCLA Animal Law and Policy Program, Does the Path Model of Blame Apply to Animals? (with               Geoff Goodwin) (2017-18).

 

      National Science Foundation, Award No. SES-1228231, Marking the Boundaries of Punishment:                 Retribution Directed at Innocents, Animals & Collectives (with Geoff Goodwin) (2012-14).

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