Research Archive

  • What did your friends and colleagues read most often in 2014 in The Jury Expert pages? Take a look and make sure you are keeping up!

    Top Ten Most Accessed Articles in 2014

    by Jury Expert Editorial Staff What did your friends and colleagues read most often in 2014 in The Jury Expert pages? Take a look and make sure you are keeping up!

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  • You may not be surprised to hear there is bias against young GLBT defendants in court but you may be surprised at the reason behind that bias: moral outrage. In this brief research report, we hear about two studies (one on the gay panic defense and one on juvenile sex offender registration) and hear reactions from trial consultants.

    Moral Outrage Drives Biases Against Gay and Lesbian Individuals in Legal Judgments

    by Sarah E. Malik and Jessica M. Salerno, PhD You may not be surprised to hear there is bias against young GLBT defendants in court but you may be surprised at the reason behind that bias: moral outrage. In this brief research report, we hear about two studies (one on the gay panic defense and one on juvenile sex offender registration) and hear reactions from trial consultants.

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  • Depression and suicide among attorneys have been more publicly discussed in the last few years following some high profile attorney suicides. If you are depressed, get help. Take a look at this article for information on coping skills that work best for depression, stress, and other kinds of distress.

    A Qualitative Examination of Self-Care in Lawyers

    by Mary E. Wood and Jacklyn E. Nagle, M.A. and Pamela Bucy Pierson, J.D. Depression and suicide among attorneys have been more publicly discussed in the last few years following some high profile attorney suicides. If you are depressed, get help. Take a look at this article for information on coping skills that work best for depression, stress, and other kinds of distress.

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  • Neuroscience evidence is not alluring to everyone. Just to some. Thorough voir dire becomes critically important to the attorney who wants to understand those composing a jury.

    The Selective Allure of Neuroscience and Its Implications for The Courtroom

    by Adam B. Shniderman, Ph.D. Neuroscience evidence is not alluring to everyone. Just to some. Thorough voir dire becomes critically important to the attorney who wants to understand those composing a jury.

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  • Authored by Doug Keene and Rita Handrich with a response from Paul Begala, this article takes a look at how the country has changed over the past 2 decades and our old definitions of Democrat or Republican and conservative or liberal are simply no longer useful. What does that mean for voir dire? What should it mean for voir dire? Two very good questions those.

    Demographic Roulette: What Was Once a Bad Idea Has Gotten Worse

    by Douglas L. Keene, Ph.D. and Rita R. Handrich, Ph.D. Authored by Doug Keene and Rita Handrich with a response from Paul Begala, this article takes a look at how the country has changed over the past 2 decades and our old definitions of Democrat or Republican and conservative or liberal are simply no longer useful. What does that mean for voir dire? What should it mean for voir dire? Two very good questions those.

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  • Authored by Ivar Hannikainen, Ryan Miller and Fiery Cushman with responses from Ken Broda-Bahm and Alison Bennett, this article has a lesson for us all. It isn’t what that terrible, awful defendant did that makes me want to punish, it’s how I think I would feel if I did that sort of terrible, horrible awful thing. That’s what makes me want to punish you. It’s an interesting perspective when we consider what makes jurors determine lesser or greater punishment.

    If It Feels Bad to Me, It’s Wrong for You: The Role of Emotions in Evaluating Harmful Acts

    by Ivar Hannikainen, Ph.D. and Ryan Miller and Fiery Cushman, Ph.D. Authored by Ivar Hannikainen, Ryan Miller and Fiery Cushman with responses from Ken Broda-Bahm and Alison Bennett, this article has a lesson for us all. It isn’t what that terrible, awful defendant did that makes me want to punish, it’s how I think I would feel if I did that sort of terrible, horrible awful thing. That’s what makes me want to punish you. It’s an interesting perspective when we consider what makes jurors determine lesser or greater punishment.

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  • Authored by Matthew Groebe, Garold Stasser, and Kevin-Khristián Cosgriff-Hernandez, this paper gives insight into how jurors may be leaning in support of one side or the other at various points during the trial. This is a project completed using data from actual mock trials (and not the ubiquitous undergraduate).

    Predicting Jurors’ Verdict Preference from Behavioral Mimicry

    by Matthew Groebe, Ph.D. and Garold Stasser, Ph.D. and Kevin-Khristián Cosgriff-Hernandez, M.A. Authored by Matthew Groebe, Garold Stasser, and Kevin-Khristián Cosgriff-Hernandez, this paper gives insight into how jurors may be leaning in support of one side or the other at various points during the trial. This is a project completed using data from actual mock trials (and not the ubiquitous undergraduate).

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  • Authored by Mykol C. Hamilton, Emily Lindon, Madeline Pitt, and Emily K. Robbins, with responses from Charli Morris and Diane Wiley, this article looks at how to not “prehabilitate” your jurors and offers ideas about alternate ways of asking the question rather than the tired, old “can you be fair and unbiased?”.

    The Ubiquitous Practice of “Prehabilitation” Leads Prospective Jurors to Conceal Their Biases

    by Mykol C. Hamilton, Ph.D. and Emily Lindon, B.S. and Madeline Pitt, B.S. and Emily K. Robbins, B.S. Authored by Mykol C. Hamilton, Emily Lindon, Madeline Pitt, and Emily K. Robbins, with responses from Charli Morris and Diane Wiley, this article looks at how to not “prehabilitate” your jurors and offers ideas about alternate ways of asking the question rather than the tired, old “can you be fair and unbiased?”.

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  • Authored by Shelby Forsythe and Monica K. Miller, with a response from Richard Gabriel. This article examines the reactions of research participants to a number of novel defenses (Amnesia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Battered Women Syndrome (BWS), Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), Post-Partum Depression (PPD), and Gay Panic Defense) and makes recommendations on how (as well as whether or not) to use these defenses.

    Novel Defenses in the Courtroom

    by Shelby Forsythe and Monica K. Miller, J.D., Ph.D. Authored by Shelby Forsythe and Monica K. Miller, with a response from Richard Gabriel. This article examines the reactions of research participants to a number of novel defenses (Amnesia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Battered Women Syndrome (BWS), Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), Post-Partum Depression (PPD), and Gay Panic Defense) and makes recommendations on how (as well as whether or not) to use these defenses.

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  • A new study showing (gasp) that PTP really DOES effect juror decision-making. You want to read this.

    Are Lab Studies on PTP Generalizable?: An Examination of PTP effects Using a Shadow Jury Paradigm

    by Tarika Daftary-Kapur, Ph.D. and Steven Penrod, Ph.D. and Maureen O'Connor, J.D., Ph.D. A new study showing (gasp) that PTP really DOES effect juror decision-making. You want to read this.

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