Avani Mehta Sood

Ph.D. Program in Psychology

Graduate Associates

 Department of Psychology<br />Green Hall<br />Princeton University<br />Princeton, NJ 08540


Motivated Cognition in Legal Judgments:An Analytic Review, Annual Review of Law and Social Science (invited submission, forthcoming 2013).

The Plasticity of Harm in the Service of Criminalization Goals, 100 California Law Review (forthcoming 2012) (with John Darley). (

Aggressive Interrogation and Retributive Justice: A Proposed Psychological Model, in Ideology, Psychology, and Law 574-604 (Jon Hanson ed., Oxford University Press, 2012) (with Kevin Carlsmith). (

Legal Efforts for Social Reform through the Indian Supreme Court, 51 Harvard International Law Journal Online 63 (2010). (

The Fine Line Between Interrogation and Retribution, 45 Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 191 (2009) (with Kevin Carlsmith). (

Redressing Women's Rights Violations Through the Judiciary, 1 Jindal Global Law Review 137 (2009).

Gender Justice through Public Interest Litigation:Case Studies from India, 41 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 833 (2008). (

Failure to Deliver: Violations of Women's Human Rights in Kenyan Health Facilities (2007) (with Elisa Slattery & Claris Ogangah). (

Litigating Reproductive Rights: Using Public Interest Litigation and International Law to Promote Gender Justice in India (2006). (

Works in Progress

Cognitive Cleansing: Motivated Applications of the Exclusionary Rule.

Debiasing the Motivated Reasoner (with Joel Cooper).

Motivated Justice: Conflicting Theories of Punishment and the Expression of Bias (with Kevin Carlsmith & Katherine Castino).

The Calibration of Punishment Based on the Subjective Experience of the Offender.

Motivated Reasoning on the Bench: Does Criminal Severity Influence Judges' Beliefs About Police Wrongdoing? (with Jeffrey Segal).

The Psychology of Law Firm Compensation (with John Darley).

Select Scholarly Presentations

Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University: 'Unpoisoning' the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree: Motivated Applications of the Exclusionary Rule (2012).

Law and Society Association Conference, San Francisco: Assessing Damages and Harms in Multiple Contexts (2011).

Law and Cognition Seminar, Harvard Law School: Motivated Reasoning and Cultural Cognition (2011).

Law, Language, and Cognition Seminar, Brooklyn Law School: Motivated Reasoning in Legal Analysis (2011).

Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University: Motivated Reasoning and the Law (2011).

Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Yale Law School: Criminal Justice: Psychology of Crime (2010).

The Law, Society, and History Colloquium, New York Law School: The Plasticity of Harm: An Empirical Demonstration of the Malleability of Judgments in the Service of Criminalization (2010).

Northeast Law and Society Conference, Amherst College: Motive and Meaning: Legal Understandings and Line Drawing (2010).

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Biennial Conference, New Orleans: Attitudes Toward Torture: Social Psychological Investigations (2010).

Harvard Law and Mind Sciences Conference, Harvard Law School: Moral Biology: Mind Sciences and Punishment (2010).

Harvard International Law Journal Symposium: International Dispute Resolution in Practice, Harvard Law School: Legal Efforts at Social Reform in Foreign Fora (2010).

Princeton Conference on Psychology and Policymaking, Princeton University: The Fine Line Between Interrogation and Retribution (2008).