Professor James Luginbuhl attended Willamette University in Oregon and then transferred to Stanford University, earning his B.A. in Psychology in 1963. After serving two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, he entered the graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving his M.A. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1970, both in Social Psychology. He was on the faculty at North Carolina State University from 1970 until his retirement in 2002. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Professor Luginbuhl's research focused on psychology and the law, particularly on the death penalty. He also served as a jury consultant in numerous capital trials.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Causal Attribution
- Law and Public Policy
- Person Perception
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Blankenship, M. B., Luginbuhl, J., Cullen, F. T., & Redick, W. (1997). Juror comprehension of sentencing instructions: A test of Tennessee's death penalty process. Justice Quarterly, 14, 325-351.
- Middendorf, K., & Luginbuhl, J. (1995). The value of a nondirective voir dire style in jury selection. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 22, 129-151.
- Luginbuhl, J., & Howe, J. (1995). Discretion in capital sentencing instructions: Guided or misguided? Indiana Law Journal, 70, 1161-1181.
- Luginbuhl, J., & Burhkead, M. (1994). Sources of bias and arbitrariness in the capital trial. Journal of Social Issues, 50, 103-124.
- Luginbuhl, J. (1992). Comprehension of judges' instructions in the penalty phase of a capital trial: Focus on mitigating circumstances. Law and Human Behavior, 16, 203-218.