Brown Receives Grant to Research Judges’ Perceptions of Psychopathy

Teneille Brown, Associate Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and Professor Jim Tabery of the U’s Philosophy Department have received a 2010 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant for their proposal titled “Judging Responsibility in the Psychopath.” They will study judges’ perceptions of psychopathy and eventually, compare their findings to what mock jurors think of psychopathy.

Awarded by the U of U, the $6061 grant is for the duration of this year.

“I’m excited to be working on this research project with Professor Tabery.  It’s truly interdisciplinary – leaning on his expertise in the literature of philosophy of free will and moral responsibility, and my legal background in the use of scientific evidence,” says Teneille.

The Grant is made possible by the The Office For Interdisciplinary Studies, whose mission is “to support faculty in innovative collaboration with peers in other disciplines. This support includes collecting data regarding faculty research interests, helping to connect faculty from diverse colleges and departments, aiding faculty in funding of interdisciplinary research, and providing seed grant monies for interdisciplinary research and teaching.”