Neal R. Feigenson
Associate Dean - School of Law
Professor of Law
BA, University of Maryland; JD, Harvard University
Law School Admin
School of Law and Education 161
Neal Feigenson joined the School of Law faculty in 1987. He teaches Torts, Evidence, Visual Persuasion in the Law, Civil Procedure, and Property. His research interests include the cognitive and social psychology of legal judgment and the uses of visual media and multimedia in legal communication and persuasion. Feigenson served as one of the two inaugural Carmen Tortora Professors of Law in 2008-11. As of July 1, 2015, Feigenson is also Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
These are some of my recent publications. For others, including works in press, please see my CV or my SSRN page. I'll be happy to provide links to or reprints of any works not readily available; please e-mail me.
(2014) “So You’re Sorry? The Role of Remorse in Criminal Law,” Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 42, 39-48 (with Rocksheng Zhong, Madelon Baranoski, Larry Davidson, Alec Buchanan, & Howard Zonana)
(2006) “Law in the Digital Age: How Visual Communication Technologies are Transforming the Practice, Theory, and Teaching of Law,” Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law, 12, 227-270 (with Richard Sherwin & Christina Spiesel)
Honors & Awards
Carmen A. Tortora Professor of Law, 2008-11 (inaugural appointment); Outstanding Faculty Scholar, 2004 (inaugural award).
New research! Jurors’ Emotions and Judgments of Legal Responsibility and Blame: What Does the Experimental Research Tell Us? (Emotion Review, 8(1), 26-31 (2015))
New book! Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2016)
Enterprising trial lawyers, experts, and litigants have begun creating digital simulations of litigants' sensory experiences -- for instance, their blurred or constricted vision in medical malpractices cases, or severe tinnitus in a product liability case. But how can we possibly know what it's like for another person to have the perceptual experiences he or she does? How reliably and accurately can a digital simulation capture those experiences? And how might these simulations affect jurors' judgments in personal injury cases? I address these and other questions in this new, interdisciplinary inquiry. Click on the link to read a draft of the introductory chapter.