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The Good Fight: The Egocentric Bias, the Aversion to Cognitive Dissonance, and the American Criminal Law


Daniel S. Medwed


Northeastern University - School of Law

February 3, 2014

Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 135-145, 2013
Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 174-2014

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

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Date posted: February 8, 2014 ; Last revised: February 12, 2014

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Medwed, Daniel S., The Good Fight: The Egocentric Bias, the Aversion to Cognitive Dissonance, and the American Criminal Law (February 3, 2014). Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 135-145, 2013; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 174-2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2391794

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