Brian Bornstein

Professor Psychology

Lab site: Jury, Justice, and Eyewitness Research Group

Curriculum vita (PDF)


Brian Bornstein is Professor of Psychology and Courtesy Professor of Law at UNL. He started at the university in 2000. He is a member of the Law-Psychology, Social, and Cognitive psychology programs. He has served as Interim Director of the Social-Personality and Law-Psychology programs and is presently Associate Director of the Law-Psychology program. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991,and a Master of Legal Studies from the University of Nebraska in 2001. Dr. Bornstein's research efforts focus primarily on how juries, especially in civil cases, make decisions, and the reliability of eyewitness memory. Additional areas of focus are in applying decision-making principles to everyday judgment tasks, as in medical decision making and distributive and procedural justice. He teaches courses on human memory, psychology and law, decision making, and history of psychology at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His latest books are the Handbook of Trial Consulting (co-edited with Richard Wiener, Springer Publishing, 2011) and Trauma, Stress and Wellbeing in the Legal System (co-edited with Monica Miller, Oxford University Press, 2013). He is co-editor of the journal Psychology, Crime & Law, the NYU Press Psychology & Crime book series, and the Springer Advances in Psychology & Law book series.

Recent Publications
Journal Articles

NOTE: Most of my articles are available here; you can scroll through all UNL psychology faculty publications, or do a search by my name.

  • Bornstein, B.H., & Greene, E. (2011). Jury decision making: Implications for and from psychology. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 63-67.
  • Greene, E., & Bornstein, B.H. (2011). Cloudy forecasts. Trial, 47(4), 28-33.
  • Hamm, J.A., PtylikZillig, L.M., Tomkins, A.J., Herian, M.N., Bornstein, B.H., & Neeley, E.M. (2011). Exploring separable components of institutional confidence. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 29, 95-115.
  • Reichert, J., Miller, M.K., Bornstein, B.H., & Shelton, D.E. (2011). How reason for surgery and patient weight affect verdicts and perceptions in medical malpractice trials: A comparison of students and jurors. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 29, 1-24 (lead article).
  • Laub, C.E., Maeder, E.M., & Bornstein, B.H. (2010). The influence of a psychology and law class on legal attitudes and knowledge structures. Teaching of Psychology, 37, 196-198.
  • McAuliff, B.D., & Bornstein, B.H. (2010). All anchors are not created equal: The effects of per diem versus lump sum requests on pain and suffering awards. Law and Human Behavior, 34, 164-174.
  • Robicheaux, T.R., & Bornstein, B.H. (2010). Punished, dead or alive: Empirical perspectives on awarding punitive damages against deceased defendants. Psychology, Public Policy & Law, 16, 393-417.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Miller, M.K. (2009). God in the courtroom: Religion's role at trial. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Greene, E., & Bornstein, B.H. (2003). Determining damages: The psychology of jury awards. Washington, DC: APA.
Volumes Edited
  • Miller, M.K., & Bornstein, B.H. (Eds.) (2013). Trauma, stress and wellbeing in the legal system. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wiener, R.L., & Bornstein, B.H. (Eds.) (2011). Handbook of trial consulting. New York: Springer.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Wiener, R.L. (Eds.). (2010). Emotion and the law: Psychological perspectives. New York: Springer.
  • Schopp, R.F., Wiener, R.L., Bornstein, B.H., & Willborn, S. (Eds.) (2009). Mental disorder and criminal law: Responsibility, punishment and competence. New York: Springer.
  • Bornstein, B.H., Wiener, R.L., Schopp, R., & Willborn, S.L. (2008). Civil juries and civil justice: Psychological and legal perspectives. NY: Springer.
  • Wiener, R.L., Bornstein, B.H., Schopp, R., & Willborn, S.L. (2007). Social consciousness in legal decision making: Psychological perspectives. NY: Springer.
Research Funding Sources
Extramural Funding
  • Testing a Three-stage Model of Institutional Confidence across Branches of Government. NSF (Alan Tomkins, PI), 6/1/11-5/31/14. Amount: $271,280. REU Supplement (SES 1160594), 6/1/12-5/31/14 Amount: $12,000
  • Reducing Courts' Failure-to-appear Rate: A Procedural Justice Approach. National Institute of Justice (#2008-IJ-CX-0022), 10/1/08-11/30/10. Amount: $197,507
  • Psychology and Law: Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. National Science Foundation (Richard Wiener, PI), 2/1/05-5/31/08; renewed through 2011. Amount: $326,280
  • Religious appeals in closing arguments: Impermissible input or benign banter? National Science Foundation (SES-0351811), 1/1/04-12/31/04. Amount: $10,394
  • Meta-analysis of Facial Identification Research: A Reappraisal. National Science Foundation (SES-0010140), 5/15/01-4/30/03. Amount: $147,720
  • Distributive Justice Norms Concerning Income: A Cross-National Experimental Study of Individuals' Choice of Allocation Principles. NSF (SBR-9810473), 7/1/98-6/30/2000. Amount: $105,792
Intramural Funding
  • Visiting Scholar Program in Law and Psychology. University of Nebraska, Program of Excellence Award, 9/1/04-5/31/07 (Richard Wiener, PI). Amount: $133,400
  • Intuitive Genetics and Its Relationship to Risk-taking Behavior. University of Nebraska Layman Fund, 7/1/03-6/30/04. Amount: $9,918
  • Alleviating the Stress of Trial: An Empirical Assessment. Tobacco Settlement Biomedical Research Enhancement Fund (University of N