The phrase “cognitive bias” often has negative connotations. It is something to be overcome, thwarted, or, at best, circumvented. In this essay, I suggest that two interrelated cognitive biases — the egocentric bias and the aversion to cognitive dissonance — might instead serve as potential assets for a criminal law practitioner in persuading her constituencies.
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criminal law, cognitive bias, aversion of cognitive dissonance, egocentric bias, self-serving bias
Medwed, Daniel S., "The Good Fight: The Egocentric Bias, the Aversion to Cognitive Dissonance, and the American Criminal Law" (2014). School of Law Faculty Publications. 66.