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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 and corporate 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.  He is currently a co-principal investigator on several 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

Collaborators

Jon Hanson, Alfred Smart Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Geoff Goodwin, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Steve Jacobs, Graduate Student, University of Chicago

Susan Goldin-Meadow, Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

Simone Schnall, University Lecturer in Social Psychology, University of Cambridge

David Yosifon, Assistant Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law

Theodora Zarkadi, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Bedfordshire

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