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NCJ Number: 136657 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological, Cognitive, Personality and Interpersonal Factors in Jury Verdicts
Journal: Law and Psychology Review  Volume:15  Dated:(Spring 1991)  Pages:163-184
Author(s): J R Boyll
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 22
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the factors that influence jury decision-making processes.
Abstract: Social and behavioral science research identify four critical factors as influential in juror verdicts: psychological, cognitive, personality, and interpersonal. Considerable evidence exists that psychological factors influence juror decision-making. A complex interaction of emotions, causal attribution, the impact of damage requests, and the perception of well-endowed litigants affect jury verdicts and subsequent damage awards. The capacity to comprehend, to retain information, and to deal with cognitive dissonance all affect verdict decisions. Intellectual and personality features may affect a juror's susceptibility to persuasive arguments. Finally, the impression attorneys and witnesses make on jurors from an interpersonal standpoint as well as jury composition also influence a jury's final verdict. Factors other than hard evidence intervene when human beings are called upon to judge the actions and intentions of others, and litigators need to critically evaluate their case with regard to these factors. 56 footnotes
Main Term(s): Jury decisionmaking
Index Term(s): Intelligence analysis; Interpersonal relations; Personality assessment; Verdict prediction
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