Can cognitive biases and heuristics regarding race influence U.S. Supreme Court decisions? In episode 40, Jonathan Feingold and Evelyn Carter from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) discuss the sometimes selective use of social science research by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist as analyzed in their article “Eyes Wide Open: What Social Science Can Tell Us About the Supreme Court’s Use of Social Science” published on August 8, 2018 in the open-access journal Northwestern University Law Review.
Websites and other resources
- Evelyn’s Twitter profile
- Jon’s publications
- UCLA’s BruinX (Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)
- Overview of the McCleskey v. Kemp case
- “Warren McCleskey Is Dead” (The New York Times, September 29, 1991)
- Overview of the Grutter v. Bollinger case
- “The supreme court: Affirmative action; justices back affirmative action by 5 to 4, but wider vote bans a racial point system” (The New York Times, June 24, 2003)
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Hosts / Producers
Ryan Watkins & Doug Leigh
How to Cite
Watkins, R., Leigh, D., Feingold, J., & Carter, E.. (2019, January 9). Parsing Science – Cognitive Biases on the Supreme Court. figshare. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7571369
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