Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009
Emotion and decision making; moral psychology; legal psychology; forensic psychology; neurolaw; retribution and punishment; psychopathy and antisocial behavior
Eyal Aharoni’s current research investigates (1) risk models for antisocial behavior, (2) the application of neuroscience to the law, and (3) the impact of emotion and cognitive bias on criminal, moral, legal, and political decision making. He has a particular interest in how multiple approaches (cognitive, behavioral, evolutionary, technological, and neurobiological) to these topics may apply to criminal punishment and criminal justice reform. He has methodological experience in experimental research, evaluation research, survey research, and longitudinal follow-up studies. Prior to his current appointment, Aharoni served as a Research Associate for the RAND Corporation. Aharoni completed a postdoctoral fellowship with appointments at The MIND Research Network for Neurodiagnostic Discovery and the University of New Mexico Psychology. He has also held research positions at the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior and the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research, where he studied human-computer social interaction and the perception of agency. Aharoni earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He earned his Ph.D. in psychology at UCSB where he also served as a research fellow for the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project.