Adam L. Alter


Psychology, PhD candidate

Graduate Associates

 2-S-13 Green Hall

 Curriculum Vitae






Adam is a graduate student in the psychology department. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology and law at the University of New South Wales, and has been at Princeton since 2004. He is primarily interested in the role that morality plays in the criminal legal system, and specifically in judges' and jurors' inability to disregard the morality of a defendant's behavior during a trial's verdict and sentencing phases. For more on Adam, see his personal homepage.


Alter, A. L., Kernochan, J., & Darley, J. M. (2007). Morality influences how people apply the ignorance of the law defense. Law and Society Review 41: 819-864.

Alter, A. L., Kernochan, J., & Darley, J. M. (2007). Transgression wrongfulness outweighs its harmfulness as a determinant of sentence severity. Law & Human Behavior 31:319-335.

Darley, J.M. & Alter, A.L. (In Press) "Behavioral Issues of Punishment and Deterrence." In E. Shafir (Ed.), Behavioral Foundations of Policy.