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Doug Keene has a doctoral degree in Psychology and has worked as a trial consultant for the past 15 years. He is Past President of the American Society of Trial Consultants and has a full-service trial consulting practice. Twitter: @keenetrial
We believe the negative press on the Millennials (our 20-somethings and early 30-somethings) is simply what happens to all of our young people as they are judged (and found wanting) by older generations. And mostly we eventually grow up, mature, and become something different than we started out as–at least when viewed through the eyes […]
Generation X: Active, balanced and happy. Seriously?
If your jurors are happy, will they blame the victim less?
Is the Millennial ........ Read more »
Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Voh, Jennifer L. Aaker, & Emily N. Garbinsky. (2013) Some key differences between a happy life and a meaningful life. . The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8(6), 505-516. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2168436
Hmmm. Here’s research that says the appearance of managing partners’ faces at America’s 100 top law firms is tied to firm “profit margin, profitability index, and profits per equity partner”. You may want to look at managing partners’ faces before making a decision about that job offer! We’ve written about first impressions before but this […]
I can tell from your face that you are suicidal
Never trust a man with a wide face
Between Coddling and Contempt: Mana........ Read more »
Rule, NO, & Ambady, N. (2011) Face and fortune: Inferences of personality from managing partners’ faces predict their law firms’ financial success. . The Leadership Quarterly, 690-696. DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2011.05.009
So you need to ask someone to do something and that “something” lies in the morally murky or ambiguous realm. We won’t offer examples of what that favor may be, but you know what we mean. You may wonder when is best to ask. Right after you’ve begun the day (and they’ve had ample coffee)? […]
Leading our unethical leaders: Behaving as we want our jurors to behave
Which is the more moral negotiator? The male or the female?
What’s a moral issue for us these days?
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Kouchaki M, & Smith IH. (2013) The Morning Morality Effect: The Influence of Time of Day on Unethical Behavior. Psychological Science. PMID: 24166855
How do empathy, accountability and fairness interact to result in preferential treatment (but with the best of intentions)? You know we are looking at this with an eye toward litigation implications and it isn’t even that much of a stretch. The researchers are looking at the workplace supervisor/supervisee relationship to assess how knowing that an […]
Have you seen our articles in The Jury Expert?
“That’s not fair!”
Attractiveness and being fired for poor performan........ Read more »
Blader, SL, & Rothman, NB. (2014) Paving the road to preferential treatment with good intentions: Empathy, accountability and fairness. . Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. . DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.09.001
Recently, we wrote about how risk assessment measures do not work on the psychopath. So it seems only fitting we summarize a new article that explains psychopathic behavior using fMRI scans that purport to show how the defendant is not in control of his behavior because “his brain made him do it”. This is an […]
On brains, brain damage, pedophilia and other things we don’t like
Confused about brain scans? Welcome to the club!
Is that a psychopath trying to kill you? A........ Read more »
Phillips, KD. (2013) Empathy for psychopaths: Using fMRI brain scans to please for leniency in death penalty cases. Law and Psychology Review. . info:/
A new research review says thinking fast can improve our mood, and increase risk-taking, confidence and problem-solving. The author discusses the experiences of running, skiing, driving over the speed limit as all having the capacity to excite, elate and energize us. But we do not have to be moving fast in order to improve our […]
Think fast! Is this the perpetrator? How certain are you?
Is that quick decision a good indicator of your moral character?
What happens when a ju........ Read more »
Pronin, E. (2013) When the mind races: Effects of thought speed on feeling and action. . Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(4), 283-288. DOI: 10.1177/0963721413482324
This comes as no surprise to us. We routinely look at mock jurors with extreme views on various issues as unpredictable and thus, dangerous for our case. We think of the extremist as dwelling on the “fringe” of beliefs held by the majority. They are often conspiracy devotees and “hear” facts through a nearly impregnable […]
The evidence is mounting: The brains of liberals and conservatives differ
Politics and prejudice? Nope. It’s about ideology!
Republicans prefe........ Read more »
Toner K, Leary MR, Asher MW, & Jongman-Sereno KP. (2013) Feeling Superior Is a Bipartisan Issue: Extremity (Not Direction) of Political Views Predicts Perceived Belief Superiority. Psychological Science. PMID: 24096379
If you are reading this blog post while in a meeting, please know it’s twice as likely women will be offended by your behavior than will men. That’s the finding of a new research study from Howard University and the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Management Communication. The study looks at perceptions of […]
“Stop picking fights and get some emotional intelligence!”
Be careful what you text!
You can stop smoking and lose weight without much effort at al........ Read more »
Washington, MC, Okoro, EA, & Cardon, PW. (2013) Perceptions of Civility for Mobile Phone Use in Formal and Informal Meetings. . Business Communication Quarterly. . info:/
We’ve written about psychopaths before here. A huge question for jurors (and the rest of us) is recidivism. So, should you use a standard risk assessment measure like the Historical, Clinical, Risk Management 20 [HCR-20], or the Violence Risk Assessment Guide [VRAG], or the Offenders Group Reconviction Scale II [OGRS-II]–or just flip a coin? Flip […]
Are female stalkers less likely to be violent than male stalkers?
I know what you did next summer
Hot hazy weather, v........ Read more »
Coid JW, Ullrich S, & Kallis C. (2013) Predicting future violence among individuals with psychopathy. The British Journal of Psychiatry. PMID: 24072757
Recently we shared the results of a study on gender and corruption. That study showed that both genders were capable of corruption and that corrupt behavior depended upon context. Researchers at Penn State recently released a study completed in America and looking at gender and corporate crime/fraud. If you read the title of this post, […]
Mad enough to kill? It’s better if you’re a woman
When are jurors more apt to blame the ‘rogue employee’ than the corporation?
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Steffensmeier, DM, Schwartz, J, & Roche, M. (2013) Gender and Twenty-First-Century corporate crime: Female involvement and the gender gap in Enron-era corporate frauds. . American Sociological Review. DOI: 10.1177/0003122413484150
For those of you blurting out “men are more corrupt”–slow down a bit. Interestingly, it may depend in part on where you live and whether corruption is seen as something to avoid (rather than a fact of life). According to these researchers, women in democratic countries are less likely to tolerate corruption and less likely […]
“It was ‘a man’s work’ and I just didn’t like working with those incompetent women….”
Men prefer boxes and women prefer e........ Read more »
Esarey, Justin, & Chirillo, Gina. (2013) 'Fairer Sex' or Purity Myth? Corruption, Gender, and Institutional Context. Politics and Gender . info:/
We’ve written twice before about wide-faced men, but we have something new! This time, it isn’t just those wide-faced men who are going to lie, cheat and be prejudiced. They are also going to make you behave selfishly just by interacting with them. Your selfish behavior is going to make others behave selfishly and the […]
“Wide-faced men are going to lie and cheat”
Wide-faced men are not just liars and cheaters, they’re prejudiced too!
I can tell from your face th........ Read more »
Haselhuhn MP, Wong EM, & Ormiston ME. (2013) Self-Fulfilling Prophecies as a Link between Men's Facial Width-to-Height Ratio and Behavior. PloS one, 8(8). PMID: 24015226
The Finnish metal band Apocalyptica (pictured at left) combines classically trained cellists with metal music. According to this research, you are likely to find them very attractive one way or another. Fortunately for you, you do not have to combine metal and Mozart to be optimally attractive. Just ask yourself this (hopefully) simple question: Am […]
When you wear glasses you are less attractive but more smart and trustworthy
The Danger of Stereotyping: Does Gay + Black =........ Read more »
Yang, Q, & Li, C. (2013) Mozart or Metallica, who makes you more attractive? A mediated moderation test of music, gender, personality, and attractiveness in cyberspace. Computers in Human Behavior, 2796-2804. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2013.07.026
Are you among those who worry about whether “beautiful people” are judged too harshly in our society? That’s what we thought… Some believe society has evolved to the point that beautiful people are no longer penalized for being beautiful. Others think “What? Beautiful people are penalized for being beautiful? Oh, please.” Thankfully, academics in search […]
Beauty is only skin deep but the lack of beauty lands you in jail!
“I feel pretty, oh so pretty!” ........ Read more »
Braun, S, Peus, C, & Frey D. (2012) Is beauty beastly? Gender-specific effects of leader attractiveness and leadership style on followers’ trust and loyalty. . Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 220(2), 98-108. DOI: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000101
Johnson SK, Podratz KE, Dipboye RL, & Gibbons E. (2010) Physical attractiveness biases in ratings of employment suitability: tracking down the "beauty is beastly" effect. The Journal of Social Psychology, 150(3), 301-18. PMID: 20575336
“Youth in criminal courts receive more severe sentences than their counterparts in juvenile courts and serve longer sentences than their adult counterparts tried in criminal courts.” The researchers writing this article believe they are the first to examine pre-existing stereotypes of the juvenile offender and how they relate to punishment decisions by jurors. The researchers […]
Angry, fearful, gun-owning white men for Zimmerman?
Expert witness influence: Interrogation........ Read more »
Haegerich, TM, Salerno, JM, & Bottoms, BL. (2013) Are the effects of juvenile offender stereotypes maximized or minimized by jury deliberation?. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 19(1), 81-97. DOI: 10.1037/a0027808
The study at the heart of today’s post is unusually intriguing. It’s all about train riding, and how increases in negative mood of all passengers occurred as “the percentage of ethnic out-group members aboard their train increased”. We’ve written before about how gender can result in group tensions when group members (male and female) don’t […]
“It was ‘a man’s work’ and I just didn’t like working with those incompetent women….”
Larger groups m........ Read more »
Burrow AL, & Hill PL. (2013) Derailed by Diversity? Purpose Buffers the Relationship Between Ethnic Composition on Trains and Passenger Negative Mood. Personality . PMID: 23982151
So it’s been a while since we’ve revisited this category of posts. We know you’ve missed them, so here’s a new one. Apologies from men in the workplace are less expected and therefore more effective. Oh, good grief. Extra credit for conjuring up some manners? Researchers review prior findings on apology: women apologize more and […]
Everyday racism at work: Hope for African American Women?
Negotiating Salary 101 for Women Only
Men married to rich women are more like........ Read more »
Walfisch, T, Van Dijk, D, & Kark, R. (2013) Do you really expect me to apologize? The impact of status and gender on the effectiveness of an apology in the workplace. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. . DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12101
What? You’ve never heard that saying before? It’s the new version of “walk a mile in my shoes”. We are always looking for ways to minimize racial biases and so when we saw a writeup on a new study over at Pacific Standard, we took a look at the original work. This is interesting. The […]
Lighter Skin, More Like Me
He looks Muslim to me! Look at how he is dressed!
It may not (usually) be overt, but it’s still racism
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Peck, TC, Seinfeld, S, Aglioti, SM, & Slater, M. (2013) Putting yourself in the skin of a black avatar reduces implicit racial bias. Consciousness and Cognition, 779-787. DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2013.04.016
We’ve written before (a fair amount, in truth) about conspiracy theorists showing up for our mock trials. And while they result in entertainment for observers behind the window, we want to question them closely to ascertain what holes in the story are resulting in their cognitive leaps. They will take sharp digressions to imagine sexual […]
Osama bin Laden is dead and (simultaneously) Osama bin Laden lives!
Birthers, deathers, and did you hear about Jimmy Hoffa?
Conspirac........ Read more »
Wood MJ, & Douglas KM. (2013) "What about building 7?" A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories. Frontiers in Psychology, 409. PMID: 23847577
Our friend Charli Morris pointed us to an article published by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association focused on the online research of potential jurors. In the article, Matt Wetherington discusses ethical boundaries and looks at what constitutes a ‘communication’ with a juror. Given the nature of social media and the internet in general, he gives […]
Should you try online jury research?
The Jury Expert: Umami, your financial bottom line & your iPad
It’s not just ........ Read more »
Wetherington, M. (2013) Online research of potential jurors: A survey of resources and ethical boundaries. . Verdict: The Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. info:/
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