Pam Mueller, Graduate Student, Psychology

Mind Perception and Morality in the Justice System

Date: 
Thu, 10/24/2013
Location: 
12:15 PM, 015 Robertson Hall

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Please join us on Thursday, October 24, at 12:15PM in 015 Robertson Hall for a seminar with Pam Mueller, graduate student in Psychology, to discuss "Mind Perception and Morality in the Justice System."

LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.

Abstract: "One common view is that the role of morality in the justice system is to differentiate punishment from compensation, or more generally, criminal consequences from civil consequences. We find, however, that morality plays a more nuanced role in laypeople’s legal judgments. The moral character of the harmdoer influences blame and responsibility judgments in criminal cases, while the moral character of the victim influences blame and responsibility judgments in civil cases.  We find that the differing perceived agency of harmdoers and victims in criminal and civil cases may be driving these effects; ramifications for the legal system are explored."

Pam Mueller is a third-year graduate student in the Department of Psychology. She received her B.S. in psychology, summa cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago in 2002, and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2008.  Prior to law school, she worked as a press secretary for Howard Dean's presidential campaign and on Capitol Hill. Before entering graduate school, she practiced trademark, copyright, and false advertising law, and was a research associate at the American Bar Foundation and Northwestern Law School.