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Translating Psychological Science to Law (and Back)

My co-author Nilanjana Dasgupta and I were guest columnists for the “Presidential Column” of the APS (Association for Psychological Science). Thanks to Elizabeth Phelps for inviting our thoughts.


Science teaches us new facts about the world. Psychological science teaches us new facts about the human mind and behavior. If new discoveries in psychology falsify “common sense” about human behavior, then such scientific knowledge should be used to influence our social world, including our laws and policies. This simple belief is what brought us together — a legal scholar (Jerry Kang) and a social psychologist (Nilanjana Dasgupta) — after a chance meeting at an interdisciplinary conference at Harvard Law School over 10 years ago.

Here’s the full article.


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