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Stephen Macknik
Works at SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Attended Harvard University
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Judges Use Facial Appearance When Condemning People to Death @illusionchasers http://ow.ly/Q3tTC #sciamblogs

There is no governmental institution more dedicated to rational thought and fairness than the justice system, but this study shows that illusory facial perception is clouding the minds of our judges and juries, who can potentially decide to kill people based on their appearance. We must work to purge our system of these biases, and ensure that both convictions and sentencing are based on blind and fair measures: the stakes could not possibly be higher. 
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I'll have to look at the numbers a bit closer but it would seem that there are other factors that might need to be considered.
Persons Executed for Interracial Murders in the U.S. Since 1976

White Defendant / Black Victim (31)
Black Defendant / White Victim (294)

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/race-death-row-inmates-executed-1976
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Judges Use Facial Appearance When Condemning People to Death @illusionchasers http://ow.ly/Q3tTC #sciamblogs

There is no governmental institution more dedicated to rational thought and fairness than the justice system, but this study shows that illusory facial perception is clouding the minds of our judges and juries, who can potentially decide to kill people based on their appearance. We must work to purge our system of these biases, and ensure that both convictions and sentencing are based on blind and fair measures: the stakes could not possibly be higher.   
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I think more the expression than the features
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Education
  • Harvard University
    PhD in Neurobiology, 1991 - 1996
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    BA in Biology, Psychology, Psychobiology, 1986 - 1991
  • Seabury Hall
    HS, 1982 - 1986
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Lab Director, Columnist, Author, Speaker
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I am a neurobiologist, author, speaker, and columnist at Scientific American
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brain science, writing, speaking
Employment
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center
    Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Physiology/Pharmacology, 2014 - present
    I am the Director of the Laboratory of Translational Neuroscience
  • Scientific American
    Columnist in Scientific American Mind, 2010 - present
    I write the "Illusions" column in the print edition of Scientific American Mind and I am also a blogger on the sciam.com Mind Network: both are in collaboration with Susana Martinez-Conde
  • Barrow Neurological Institute
    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurobiology, 2004 - 2014
    I was an associate professor of Neurosurgery and Neurobiology, and the Director of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurophysiology here.
  • University College London
    Lecturer, 2001 - 2003
    My first professorship
  • Cold Spring Harbor Lab
    Postdoctoral Fellow, 1999 - 2001
    Scientist in training with Prof. Zachary Mainen
  • Harvard Medical School
    Postdoctoral Fellow, 1996 - 2001
    Scientist in training with Prof. David Hubel, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1981.
  • University of California Santa Cruz Fire Department
    Firefighter, 1988 - 1990
    Coolest job I know
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Brooklyn, NY
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Phoenix, AZ - London, UK - Cold Spring Harbor, NY - Boston, MA - Santa Cruz, CA - Kula, Maui, HI - Mission Viejo, CA - Lincoln, MA - Apple Valley, CA - Dayton, OH
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SUNY Downstate Medical Center 450 Clarkson Ave, MSC 58 Brooklyn, NY 11203
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