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Christopher Brett Jaeger

Graduate Student
Research Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

I study how knowledge, beliefs, and expectations affect cognitive processes ranging from perception to decision-making, guiding our interactions with other people and technologies. As a lawyer (J.D. 2009, Vanderbilt Law School), I am also interested in exploring the implications of this research for law and policy.  Some current projects investigate the attributions that people make to technological agents, the ways in which activating different knowledge or beliefs can influence processing of visual stimuli, and the tendency of people to overestimate others' abilities to detect visual events (and the legal implications of that tendency).

Representative Publications

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

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.