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The Psychology of Tort Law$
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Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Valerie P. Hans

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724941

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724941.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Psychology of Tort Law
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Jennifer K. Robbennolt

Valerie P. Hans

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814724941.003.0001

This chapter reviews the objectives of tort law, including deterrence, allocation of the costs of injuries, corrective justice, and civil recourse. It describes how these aims implicate the psychology of decision making in tort. In seeking to accomplish its objectives, the law of torts is inevitably concerned with how legal rules influence behavior, how the psychology of decision makers interacts with the legal rules, and how jurors and judges evaluate and respond to the behavior of both plaintiffs and defendants.

Keywords:   civil recourse, corrective justice, defendants, deterrence, judges, jurors, plaintiffs, tort law

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