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Since he joined the Cornell Law School faculty in 1994, less than a year after receiving a Ph.D.
in Psychology and a J.D. from Stanford University, Mr. Rachlinski has offered new
perspectives on the influence of human psychology on decision-making by courts,
administrative agencies, and regulated communities. Mr. Rachlinski's unique analytical
viewpoint has led him to explore varied topics in legal practice, such as litigation strategies,
punitive damages, administrative law, environmental law, and products liability. One of the
most versatile scholars at Cornell Law School, Professor Rachlinski has taught social and
cognitive psychology for lawyers, administrative law, environmental law, civil procedure and

Professor Rachlinski's many publications include an article he co-authored, "Inside the
Judicial Mind", 86:4
Cornell Law Review  (2001).  It reports "the results of an empirical study
designed to determine whether five common cognitive illusions (anchoring, framing, hindsight
bias, inverse fallacy, and egocentric biases) would influence the decision-making processes
of a sample of 167 federal magistrate judges."   
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