Punishing the Crime:Individual Harm or Large Scale tragedy?


Large-scale tragedies don't connect with people emotionally in the same way smaller tragedies do, found a new study by Loran Nordgren of the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and Mary-Hunter Morris of Harvard Law School, possibly allowing perpetrators of mass crimes to get lighter sentences. In three different experiments the researchers found increasing the number of people victimized by a crime actually decreases the perceived severity of that crime and leads people to recommend less punishment for crimes that victimize more people.

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