I am a Cognitive/Social Psychologist with an appointment in a Law School. (I also have a law degree.) My basic interests are in thinking, reasoning, and social cognition; and my law research considers different ways to apply psychology to law and to public policy more generally. I teach the standard Evidence course but also many courses (mostly seminars) with Psych/Law themes, for example: Behavioral Decision Making and Law, Psychological Foundations of Evidence Law (I have a new book on that topic), and a standard Psychology and Law course. From 2010-15 I was Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science and spent a lot of time on issues of Open and Changing Science.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Causal Attribution
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Law and Public Policy
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Social Cognition
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- Anderson, M. C., & Spellman, B. A. (1995). On the status of inhibitory mechanisms in cognition: Memory retrieval as a model case. Psychological Review, 102, 68-100.
- Cohen, L. B., Rundell, L. J., Spellman, B. A., & Cashon, C. H. (1999). Infants’ perception of causal chains. Psychological Science, 10, 412-418.
- Dunn, E. W., & Spellman, B. A. (2003). Forgetting by remembering: Stereotype inhibition through rehearsal of alternative aspects of identity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 420-433.
- Goedert, K. M., Harsch, J., & Spellman, B. A. (in press). Discounting and conditionalization: Dissociable cognitive processes in human causal inference. Psychological Science.
- Green, A. J., Spellman, B. A., Dusek, J. A., Eichenbaum, H., & Levy, W. G. (2001). Relational learning with and without awareness: Transitive inference using non-verbal stimuli in humans. Memory & Cognition, 29, 893-902.
- Kincannon, A., & Spellman, B. A. (2003). The use of category and similarity information in limiting hypotheses. Memory & Cognition, 31, 114-132.
- Spellman, B. A. (1997). Crediting causality. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 126, 1-26.
- Spellman, B. A. (1996). Acting as intuitive scientists: Contingency judgments are made while controlling for alternative potential causes. Psychological Science, 7, 337-342.
- Spellman, B. A., & Holyoak, K. J. (1996). Pragmatics in analogical mapping. Cognitive Psychology, 31, 307-366.
- Spellman, B. A., & Holyoak, K. J. (1992). If Saddam is Hitler then who is George Bush? Analogical mapping between systems of social roles. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 62, 913-933.
- Spellman, B. A., Holyoak, K. J., & Morrison, R. G. (2001). Analogical priming via semantic relations. Memory & Cognition, 29, 383-393.
- Spellman, B. A., & Mandel, D. R. (1999). When possibility informs reality: Counterfactual thinking as a cue to causality. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 8, 120-123.
- Spellman, B. A., Price, C. M., & Logan, J. (2001). How two causes are different from one: The use of (un)conditional information in Simpson’s paradox. Memory & Cognition, 29, 193-208.
- Robinson, P. H., & Spellman, B. A. (2005). Sentencing decisions: Matching the decisionmaker to the decision nature. Columbia Law Review, 105(4), 1124-1161.
- Spellman, B. A., Kincannon, A., & Stose, S. (2005). The relation between counterfactual and causal reasoning. Invited chapter to appear in D. R. Mandel, D. J. Hilton, & P. Catellani (Eds.), The psychology of counterfactual thinking. London: Routledge Research.
- Advanced Experimental Methods
- Behavioral Decision Making and Law
- Causal and Counterfactual Reasoning
- Psychology and Law: Cognitive and Social Issues
- Psychology of Information and Persuasion
- Research Methods and Data Analysis
- Thinking About Thinking
- Thinking and Reasoning
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University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903-4400
- Phone: (434) 243-4925