About Our Research

Our lab studies a wide variety of topics, but we focus on two particular areas: (1) How legal decision-makers use and understand scientific evidence, and (2) How advances in science and technology (and the knowledge that results from those advances) are affecting citizens' judgments of wrongdoers and legal authorities.

Our physical lab is equipped for multimedia mock-jury trials, single-person computer-based experiments, and online research. In addition, we have access to mock courtrooms, eyetracking equipment, and large-group experiment rooms.

Selected Publications

Baker, D. A., Ware, J. M., & Schweitzer, N. J. (2015). Making sense of research on the neuroimage bias Public Understanding of Science [View Abstract]

Saks, M., Schweitzer, N. J., Aharoni, E., & Keehl, K. (2014). The mitigating influence of neuroevidence in death penalty cases. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 11, 105-131. [View Abstract]

Schweitzer, N. J., Baker, D., & Risko, E. F. (2013). Fooled by the Brain: Re-Examining the Influence of Neuroimages. Cognition, 129, 501-511. [View Abstract]

Baker, D., Schweitzer, N. J., Risko, E. F., & Ware, J. (2013). Visual Attention and the Neuroimage Bias. PLOS One, 8(9), e74449. [View Article]

Roskies, A., Schweitzer, N. J., & Saks, M. (2013). Neuroimages in court: less biasing than feared. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17, 99-101. [View Abstract]

Baker, D., Schweitzer, N. J., & Risko, E. F. (2013). Perceived Access to Self-relevant Information Mediates Judgments of Privacy Violations in Neuromonitoring and Other Monitoring Technologies. Neuroethics. [View Abstract]

Schweitzer, N. J., and Saks, M. (2012). Jurors and scientific causation: what don't they know, and what can be done about it? Jurimetrics, 52, 433-455. [Download from SSRN]

Schweitzer, N. J., Saks, M., Murphy, E., Roskies, A., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., and Gaudet, L. (2011). Neuroimages as evidence in a mens rea defense: no impact. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 17, 357-392. [View Abstract]

Schweitzer, N. J., & Saks, M. (2009). The gatekeeper effect: The impact of judges’ admissibility decisions on the persuasiveness of expert testimony. Psychology, Public Policy & Law, 15, 1-18.

Schweitzer, N. J. & Saks, M. (2007). The CSI effect: Popular fiction about forensic science affects the public’s evaluations of real forensic science. Jurimetrics, 47, 357-364.

Filming a mock trial for a grant-supported research study

Lab members running a research participant on the Eye Tracker

Collecting data from Amazon Mechanical Turk