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Social science research, current events & jury news all viewed through the lens of litigation advocacy with an emphasis on persuasion, bias, communication, and all phases of case preparation.

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  • September 28, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Are we really sick of those political ads?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

New research would say we probably just think we’re sick of them, but they really have little impact unless we support the candidate. The researchers say that when we are listening to an ad for ‘our’ candidate, our positive feelings are amplified during the commercial. If we are listening to an ad for our candidate’s [...]
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  • September 26, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Simple Jury Persuasion: How pictures infer “truthiness”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

The picture illustrating this post increases the likelihood you will see the post content as true. Enough said. But, you know we’ll say more. This is a fascinating addition to the visual evidence posts already on our blog. We agree that a well-designed visual can raise comprehension for jurors in a complex trial. What this research [...]
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Simple Jury Persuasion: Tattoo you?
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Newman EJ, Garry M, Bernstein DM, Kantner J, & Lindsay DS. (2012) Nonprobative photographs (or words) inflate truthiness. Psychonomic bulletin . PMID: 22869334  

  • September 24, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Even kids don’t make passes at kids wearing glasses

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Dorothy Parker was ahead of her time. And I still recall the Marilyn Monroe movie where she bumped into things rather than wearing glasses since “Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses”. While one might argue that times have changed and glasses are now “in”–recent research on the stereotypes of glasses-wearing criminal defendants and glasses-wearing [...]
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When you wear glasses you are less attractive but more smart and trustworthy
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  • September 10, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Tidbits–news you can use! (maybe…)

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Blogging requires a curiosity for odd facts, and a passion for reading and writing. This blog is a terrific outlet for our curious selves, where we can spend time monitoring new research and current events, and share it with you. Usually, the items are meaty enough to form a blogpost on the issue. Sometimes, though, [...]
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  • September 7, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Simple Jury Persuasion: Educating jurors about science may have no effect

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

It’s very frustrating to present logical explanations to jurors about science or technology only to have it fall on deaf ears. What we have come to understand is that if you tell a story that jurors relate to, their are globally more receptive and your scientific explanation fits more easily in their day-to-day lives. Hard to accept [...]
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  • September 5, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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“Acquired pedophilia”: His brain made him do it

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Our latest entry in the “his brain made him do it” defenses is the long-time pediatrician [Domenico Mattiello] from London who is now accused of making sexual advances toward little girls in his care. Experts will argue in court that a four centimeter tumor at the base of his brain made him do it as it “created [...]
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  • September 3, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Politics and prejudice? Nope. It’s about ideology!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve seen a number of studies lately that study links between political persuasion and our willingness to consider the perspective of those different than us. The current issue of The Jury Expert features research on how differing political orientation is related to our willingness to extend empathy. In short, we look out for people who agree [...]
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Church attendance, dirt and politics (what we don’t know about ourselves)
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  • August 31, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Think fast! Is this the perpetrator? How certain are you?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Eye witness identification is notoriously inaccurate, but some researchers are figuring out ways to make it better. We have brought you information about how you can increase the accuracy of witness recall through the simple act of having a witness close their eyes. And now we learn that you can increase the accuracy of eye [...]
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Brewer, N., Weber, N., & Wootton, D. (2012) Identifying the bad guy in a lineup using deadlined confidence judgments. Psychological Science. . info:/

  • August 27, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Have you ever lost your car in the parking lot?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

You’ve probably seen those movies where the paranoid killer believes the TV is speaking to him (it’s usually a man) directly. Well, this isn’t like that. This one is true. Researchers in the Netherlands are actually doing research on my tendency to get lost once I leave my cul de sac. My lack of directional [...]
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  • August 24, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Judges are biased in favor of psychopaths whose “brains made them do it”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Got an upcoming trial and a psychopath for a client? First, please accept our sincere condolences. “Then go to Neurolaw in terms of causation and your client gets a lesser sentence (and returns to society faster)”. Time Magazine has done a thorough writeup on the study and all the various conditions the researchers built in to assess [...]
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  • August 20, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Tell me it isn’t so! ‘Violinists are still kind of mean and unpredictable’

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

In one of my previous careers, I provided psychotherapy for members of our local philharmonic orchestra. I remember a quiet, introverted and socially awkward viola player who was describing the despicable treatment she endured at the hands of a fellow musician. I inquired as to what she thought the motivation might be for this behavior. [...]
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Clavien C, Tanner CJ, Clément F, & Chapuisat M. (2012) Choosy moral punishers. PloS one, 7(6). PMID: 22720012  

  • August 17, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Tammy Wynette, Klondike Bars and Raising Girls Right: It’s hard to be a woman

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Last week my soon-departing-for-college daughter came to me and asked me if I’d seen the “stupid new Klondike ad”. I had not. She described it to me and so I did what any mother of my age and predilection would do and went to YouTube to see the offending ad. It’s a new iteration of the [...]
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Durante KM, Griskevicius V, Simpson JA, Cantú SM, & Tybur JM. (2012) Sex ratio and women's career choice: does a scarcity of men lead women to choose briefcase over baby?. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103(1), 121-34. PMID: 22468947  

  • August 15, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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“The Ideal Man” & ticking off Gen X male consumers

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

“The Player”, “The Beer Drinker” and “The Buddy”. These are tried and true “ideal male images” used by advertisers to attract men to their products and brand. Apparently, it’s not working so well anymore. Researchers say advertisers may need to incorporate “The Dad”, “The Husband” and “The Handyman” or even, “The Mentor” to avoid alienating [...]
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Linda Tuncay Zayer, & Stacy Neier. (2011) An exploration of men's brand relationships. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal. DOI: 10.1108/13522751111099337  

  • August 13, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Forgetting to remember isn’t just a senior moment

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Before I became an adept user of Siri and had my phone remind me to remember to do things ranging from calling to schedule an appointment during office hours to picking up milk on the way home–I wondered where my brain was going sometimes. I kept realizing I was forgetting to do simple things that I [...]
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  • August 10, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Simple Jury Persuasion: Telling jurors where to look

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written recently about the value of using “human parts” in graphics to direct the jurors eyes. It was a simple lesson. Reality, alas, appears to be more complex. New research says gender matters in terms of gaze direction. That is, men and women focus on different things and are distracted by different things when [...]
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  • August 8, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
  • 765 views

There is no political divide in wanting financial equality in America

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Seriously. Despite all the nasty ads we are seeing as the election season ramps up–what we can tell you is that Americans want to live in a country that is much more financially equitable. We want wealth distributed more equally. We want a fairer nation. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we [...]
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  • August 6, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Judging books by their cover: More on facial clues to character

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Last fall we wrote about facial disfiguration and disgust. As the elections come ever closer, research on assessing character via facial cues is making itself known in the popular media. We all look and judge but we don’t often talk about how we make assumptions based on superficial realities. Recently the Subliminal blog over at Psychology [...]
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Spezio ML, Rangel A, Alvarez RM, O'Doherty JP, Mattes K, Todorov A, Kim H, & Adolphs R. (2008) A neural basis for the effect of candidate appearance on election outcomes. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 3(4), 344-52. PMID: 19015087  

  • August 3, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
  • 951 views

That is so not fair!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Our mock jurors want to do the right thing. They want to make the world a better place and consider what is fair and what is right, and what is illegal or legal. Sometimes they are angry enough to punish. Other times they are so disgusted with both parties, they would like to throw up [...]
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  • August 1, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
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Men: Exude confidence, masculinity, authority, and power!

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Toupees and hair transplants are out. And comb-overs were always out. Now, the real man seen as having leadership potential shaves his head. Sure people will think you are [significantly] less attractive–but they will also think you are taller, stronger, older, more dominant and perhaps most importantly, more of a leader. The research we are [...]
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Mannes, Albert. (2012) Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance. Social Psychological and Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550612449490  

  • July 30, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
  • 1,370 views

“Fatty!” The Biggest Loser and the Obesity Stigma

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We work on a fair number of family disputes involving large sums of money. Some are related to divorces, others involve wills and estates, or family-owned businesses. They are always very sad stories of family rifts that always revolve around more money than most of us ever dream of having. About a year ago, we [...]
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