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NCJ Number: 89883 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing the Biasing Effect of Perpetrator Attractiveness in Jury Simulation
Journal: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1982)  Pages:286-292
Author(s): R F Baumeister; J M Darley
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Two studies showed that bias of jurors in favor of an attractive defendant was significantly reduced by increasing the factual material in the case.
Abstract: Subjects were undergraduate students presented individually with one of four versions of a case description and asked to make sentencing judgment on its basis. The case descriptions contained varying degrees of specificity regarding the details of a hit-and-run drunk driving incident and the offender's personality. Findings suggest that increasing the quantity and precision of relevant facts transfers the emphasis from judging the perpetrator to judging the crime. Tabular data and six references are given.
Index Term(s): Jury decisionmaking
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