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Christopher Brett Jaeger

Graduate Student
Research Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

I am interested in people's intuitions about cognition, and in the role that prior knowledge, beliefs, and expectations play in cognitive processes ranging from perception to decision-making. As a lawyer (J.D. 2009, Vanderbilt Law School), I am particularly interested in the implications of cognitive research for law and policy.  Some current projects investigate people's tendency to overestimate others' abilities to detect visual events (and the legal implications of that tendency), the role of metacognition in defining legal standards such as the reasonable person standard, and the ways in which people's conceptions of technological agents influence opinions and decisions about automation.

Christopher Brett Jaeger on ResearchGate

Christopher Brett Jaeger on SSRN


Representative Publications

Jaeger, C. B., & Trueblood, J.S. (forthcoming). Thinking quantum: A new perspective on decision making in law. Florida State Law Review.  

Jaeger, C. B., & Levin, D. T. (2017). Justice is (change) blind: Applying research on visual metacognition in legal settings. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 23(2), 259-279.

Jaeger, C. B., & Levin, D. T. (2016). If Asimo thinks, does Roomba feel?: The legal implications of attributing agency to technology. Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 5(3), 3-25. [Special Issue on Robotics Law & Policy]

Jaeger, C. B. (2009). Defending a social learning explanation: A comment on the origins of shared intuitions of justice. Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc, 62, 25-43.

Jaeger, C. B. (2008). "Does that sound familiar?": Creators' liability for unconscious copyright infringement. Vanderbilt Law Review, 61, 1903-34.