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Nicholas Schweitzer

Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Assoc Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Lincoln Fellow
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Biography

Nick Schweitzer is the founding director of the Arizona State University Law and Behavioral Science group and an associate professor in ASU's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His research focuses on how scientific information (e.g., medical experiments, psychological evaluations, forensic evidence, neuroscience, machine learning) is understood and used by decision makers, particularly in the legal system. In addition to his primary academic appointment, Dr. Schweitzer is a faculty fellow in the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, a fellow of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, and an affiliated faculty member in ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Dr. Schweitzer’s research has been published in both law and psychology journals, and his work has been cited by the National Academy of Sciences and various U.S. federal and state courts. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the American Psychology-Law Society. 

Education
  • Ph.D. Arizona State University 2008
  • M.A. Arizona State University 2004
  • B.A. St. Norbert College 2001

 

Publications
  • Koehler, J., Schweitzer, N. J., Saks., M., and McQuiston, D. Science, Technology, or the Expert Witness: What Influences Jurors’ Judgments About Forensic Science Testimony? Psychology, Public Policy, and Law (In Press).
  • Baker, D., Ware, J., Schweitzer, N. J., & Risko, E. Making sense of research on the neuroimage bias. Public Understanding of Science (2015).
  • Baker, D., Schweitzer, N. J., & Risko, E. F. Perceived Access to Self-relevant Information Mediates Judgments of Privacy Violations in Neuromonitoring and Other Monitoring Technologies. Neuroethics (2014).
  • Roskies, A., Schweitzer, N. J., & Saks, M. Neuroimages in court: less biasing than feared. Trends in Cognitive Sciences (2014).
  • Ware, J., Jones, J., and Schweitzer, N. Neuroimagery and the Jury. The Jury Expert (2014).
  • Baker, D., Schweitzer, N. J., Risko, E. F., & Ware, J. Visual Attention and the Neuroimage Bias. PLOS One (2013).
  • Schweitzer, N. J., Baker, D., & Risko, E. F. Fooled by the Brain: Re-Examining the Influence of Neuroimages. Cognition (2013).
  • Schweitzer, N. & Saks, M. Neuroimage evidence and the insanity defense. Behavioral Sciences & The Law (2011).
  • Schweitzer, N., Saks, M., Murphy, E., Roskies, A., Sinott-Armstrong, W., and Gaudet, L. Neuroimages as evidence in a mens rea defense: no impact. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law (2011).
  • Schweitzer, N., and Saks, M. The gatekeeper effect: The impact of judges’ admissibility decisions on the persuasiveness of expert testimony. Psychology, Public Policy and Law (2009).
  • Schweitzer, N. Psychology and Wikipedia: Coverage of concepts and use by undergraduate students. Teaching of Psychology (2008).
  • Sanders, J., Saks, M., and Schweitzer, N. Trial factfinders and expert evidence. Modern Scientific Evidence (2008).
  • Schweitzer, N. and Saks, M. The CSI Effect: Popular Fiction About Forensic Science Affects the Public's Evaluations of Real Forensic Science. Jurimetrics (2007).
  • Schweitzer, N., Sylvester, D. and Saks, M. Rule violations and the rule of law: A factorial survey of public attitudes. DePaul Law Review (2007).
  • Saks, M., Strouse, D., and Schweitzer, N. A Multi-attribute utility analysis of legal policy responses to medical adverse events. DePaul Law Review (2005).
  • Cialdini, R., Wissler, R., and Schweitzer, N. The science of influence: Using the six principles of persuasion to mediate and negotiate more effectively. Dispute Resolution Magazine (2002).
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 502Professional Issues in Psych
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
PSY 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 549Capstone in Forensic Psych
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 502Professional Issues in Psych
PSY 549Capstone in Forensic Psych
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 515Quantitative Analysis I
PSY 549Capstone in Forensic Psych
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 515Quantitative Research I
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 592Research
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 515Quantitative Research I
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
HON 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 515Quantitative Research I
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology