Document Type

Article

Abstract

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.

Date of Authorship for this Version

2014

Keywords

criminal law, cognitive bias, aversion of cognitive dissonance, egocentric bias, self-serving bias

Original Citation

Daniel S. Medwed, The Good Fight: The Egocentric Bias, the Aversion to Cognitive Dissonance, and the American Criminal Law, 22 J. L. Pol'y 135 (2013).

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