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Sheila O’Brien Quinn
Associate Professor
sheila.quinn@salve.edu
Department of Psychology
Salve Regina University
Artificial Sanity: A Case Study for a Class in Introductory Psychology

Using the story of death row inmate Charles Singleton, who developed paranoid schizophrenia while in prison awaiting execution, this case study explores the relationship between a society’s concept of mental illness and its treatment of people who are mentally ill. Students are asked to identify the model of mental illness assumed by each of the lawyers in the case and to explain the implications of that model in terms of the defendant’s rights and responsibilities.