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NCJ Number: 122122 Find in a Library
Title: Juror Decision Making, Attitudes, and the Hindsight Bias
Journal: Law and Human Relations  Volume:13  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:291-310
Author(s): J D Casper; K Benedict; J L Perry
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 20
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Juror decision making in civil suits against police officers alleged to have engaged in illegal searches is examined in this study using simulated case material and mock jurors drawn both from adults called for jury service and a student subject pool.
Abstract: The impact of a cognitive process (the hindsight bias) and of individual attitudes on awards is assessed in this experiment which finds that both are related to juror decisions. A theoretical model is tested which specifies that both attitudes and outcome knowledge exercise their influence on the damage awards decision by means of their impact on interpretation of testimony. The role played by interpretation of evidence as a mediator between individual attributes and juror decisions is supported by causal models of the decision-making process. 3 tables, figure, 20 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Jury decisionmaking
Index Term(s): Civil proceedings; Search and seizure
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