Eyal Aharoni

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Associate Behavioral Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Eyal Aharoni is an associate behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. His current research investigates the prediction and deterrence of antisocial behavior and the influence of extra-legal factors on legal decisionmaking. He has a particular interest in how multiple approaches (cognitive, behavioral, evolutionary, technological, and neurobiological) to these topics may apply to criminal responsibility, jurisprudence, and mental health treatment policy. He also has methodological and management experience in survey research, experimental research, and longitudinal follow-up studies. 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.

Selected Publications

Aharoni, E. & Kiehl, K. A., "Evading Justice : Quantifying Criminal Success in Incarcerated Psychopathic Offenders," Criminal Justice and Behavior, 2013

Aharoni, E., Vincent, G. M., Harenski, C. L., Calhoun, V. D., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Gazzaniga, M. S., & Kiehl, K. A., "Neuroprediction of future rearrest," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013

Aharoni, E., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., & Kiehl, K. A., "Can Psychopathic Offenders Discern Moral Wrongs?" Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2012

Aharoni, E., Antonenko, O., & Kiehl, K. A., "Disparities in the moral intuitions of criminal offenders: The role of psychopathy," Journal of Research in Personality, 2011

Aharoni, E., & Fridlund, A. J., "Punishment Without Reason: Isolating Retribution in Lay Punishment of Criminal Offenders," Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 2011

Aharoni, E., Funk, C., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Gazzaniga, M., "Can neurological evidence help courts assess criminal responsibility? Lessons from law and neuroscience," Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2008

Aharoni, E., Weintraub, L. & Fridlund, A. J., "No skin off my back: Retribution deficits in psychopathic motives for punishment," Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 2007

Aharoni, E. & Fridlund, A. J., "Social reactions toward people vs. computers: how mere labels shape interactions," Computers in Human Behavior, 2007