Bounded rationality is the study of the mental shortcuts (i.e., heuristics) that people with limited time, knowledge, or cognitive power use to make decisions; the structure of the environment in which people make decisions; and the match between the two. Forensic psychology is a research endeavour that examines aspects of human behaviour as it relates to law and the legal system.
For research purposes, we view the legal system as a series of consequential decisions made by offenders, victims, witnesses, police officers, lawyers, judges, jurors, probation officers, parole officers, and so on. The research being conducted in this lab integrates the two areas of research by investigating
The evidence that legal agents use simple heuristics to make decisions,
The heuristic mechanisms that are used to search for information or alternatives, stop that search, and make a decision,
When and why heuristics work well (i.e., ecological rationality) and
Conditions under which simple heuristics are used to make decisions