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Science Curiosity and Political Information Processing

What Is the "Science of Science Communication"?

Climate-Science Communication and the Measurement Problem

Ideology, Motivated Cognition, and Cognitive Reflection: An Experimental Study

'Ideology' or 'Situation Sense'? An Experimental Investigation of Motivated Reasoning and Professional Judgment

A Risky Science Communication Environment for Vaccines

Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government

Making Climate Science Communication Evidence-based—All the Way Down 

Neutral Principles, Motivated Cognition, and Some Problems for Constitutional Law 

Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus

The Tragedy of the Risk-Perception Commons: Science Literacy and Climate Change

"They Saw a Protest": Cognitive Illiberalism and the Speech-Conduct Distinction 

Geoengineering and the Science Communication Environment: a Cross-Cultural Experiment

Fixing the Communications Failure

Why We Are Poles Apart on Climate Change

The Cognitively Illiberal State 

Who Fears the HPV Vaccine, Who Doesn't, and Why? An Experimental Study

Cultural Cognition of the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology

Whose Eyes Are You Going to Believe? An Empirical Examination of Scott v. Harris

Cultural Cognition and Public Policy

Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Perceives What, and Why, in "Acquaintance Rape" Cases

Culture and Identity-Protective Cognition: Explaining the White Male Effect

Fear of Democracy: A Cultural Evaluation of Sunstein on Risk

Cultural Cognition as a Conception of the Cultural Theory of Risk

Danieli Evans

Yale Law School 2012

Cultural Cognition Project Lab:

With members of the Cultural Cognition Project, I am researching how cultural worldviews impact perceptions of legally consequential facts; and how cultural worldviews impact decisionmakers applying  legal standards designed to guarantee neutrality. We are also researching debiasing methods: techniques to make decisionmakers more open to objectively crediting or considering evidence and interpretations of the law that are threatening to their cultural predispositions.

'They Saw a Protest': Cognitive Illiberalism and the Speech Conduct Distinction: Investigating how subjects' perception and application of neutral constitutional principles - in evaluating a protest as dangerous conduct or protected expression - varied depending upon the congeniality of the subjects' worldviews with the protestors' message.

Self-Affirmations and Debiasing: Studying whether and in what scenarios affirming personal values reduces biased processing - ideologically motivated reluctance to objectively consider or value threatening evidence or behavior. Also investigating the impact of self perceived objectivity on biased processing.

Judicial Opinion Humility: Examining how elements in the tone and tenor of judicial opinons (such as humility - acknowledging the difficulty of a decision and openly considering counter arguments) impact perceived legitimacy of opinions and depolarize subjects who are inclined to disagree with the outcome.

Cultural Cognition and Statutory Interpretation: Investigating the interaction between cultural worldviews and interpretation of statutes, including 'plain meaning' and the use of canons of construction or interpretive methods.

Other law-related activities and research interests:

Student Director, Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic

Research: Civil Rights, Equal Protection, Administrative law, Federal Courts, and Procedure


Magna Carta and Sovereign Immunity: Strained Bedfellows in Magna Carta and the Rule of Law (Daniel B. Magraw & F. William Brownell, eds.) (forthcoming July 2014) (with Judge Diane P. Wood)

What Would Congress Want? If We Want to Know, Why Not Ask? 81 U. Cincinnati L. Rev. 1191 (2013)

The “Nixon Sabotage”: The Political Origins of the Equal Protection Challenge to the Voting Rights Act, 33 B.C.J.L. & Soc. Just. 325 (2013)

Imagining a Same Sex Marriage Decision Based on Dignity: Considering Human Experience in Constitutional Law, 37 N.Y.U. Rev. of L. & Soc. Change  251 (2013)

They Saw a Protest’: Cognitive Illiberalism and the Speech-Conduct Distinction,  64 Stan. L. Rev. 851 (2012) (with Dan Kahan, David Hoffman, Donald Braman, & Jeffrey Rachlinski)
Concrete Private Interest in Regulatory Enforcement: Tradable Environmental Rights as a Basis
for Standing
, 29 Yale J. on Reg. 201 (2012)