Doug Keene

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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

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  • September 11, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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Improving working relationships in your ethnically diverse jury

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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 […]

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  • September 6, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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We prefer apologies from men over apologies from women

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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 […]

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  • September 4, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 863 views

“Spend some time in my skin”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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 […]

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  • August 28, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 877 views

“Here’s what really happened…”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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 […]

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  • August 23, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 766 views

An update on online research of potential jurors

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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 […]

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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:/

  • August 19, 2013
  • 11:58 AM
  • 894 views

”I would have done the same thing… as long as it turned out okay.”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Two weeks ago, we were conducting pretrial research on a very sad case in which the Plaintiff had been injured horribly through a behavior that almost all of us have done repeatedly in our adult lives. Before we gave any information on the case, mock jurors were questioned and almost all acknowledged doing exactly the […]

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Stone, ER, Choi, YS, Bruine de Bruin, W, & Mandel, DR. (2013) I can take the risk, but you should be safe: Self-other differences in situations involving physical safety. Judgment and Decision Making, 8(3), 250-267. info:/

  • August 14, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 1,081 views

How ‘myside bias’ is related to your intelligence

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written about myside bias before here. Myside bias is a subset of confirmation bias, and these researchers say it is also “related to the construct of actively open-minded thinking”. We see myside bias so often during pretrial research and in post-verdict juror interviews that side-stepping it is always at the front of our minds […]

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Stanovich, KE, West, RF, & Toplak, ME. (2013) Myside bias, rational thinking and intelligence. . Current Directions in Psychological Science, 259. DOI: 10.1177/0963721413480174  

  • August 5, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 913 views

Should you be more afraid of the impulsive or the premeditated murderer?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

No, this isn’t one of those conversation starters for dinner table conversation although you can feel free to use it as such. Actually, it would likely go better with after dinner drinks. It’s a bit too daunting for dinner. It’s long been advised (at least in forensic psychology circles) that when it comes to staying […]

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Hanlon, RE, Brook, M., Stratton, J., Jensen, M., & Rubin, LH. (2013) Neuropsychological and intellectual differences between types of Defendants: Affective/Impulsive versus Predatory/Instrumental (Premeditated) Homicide. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 933. info:/

  • July 26, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 932 views

Are they “illegal aliens” or “undocumented workers”?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Recently we’ve done pretrial research on a number of cases involving Mexican immigrants who were undocumented. In each case, horrible tragedy had befallen them through no wrongful act of their own. One case involved the death of two young children by fire caused by a fire in a well-maintained vehicle. Another involved a wealthy Mexican [...]

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  • July 22, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 952 views

Twitter: Happy Christians and Surly Atheists

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Twitter is increasingly being used to assess the country’s mood following various major events. Researchers like it because it gives them access to huge quantities of tweets which contain feeling words or opinions or attitudes they can analyze to describe a sort of “national mood”. Researchers also believe tweets are uncensored expressions of mood/thought and [...]

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  • July 14, 2013
  • 03:30 PM
  • 889 views

Jurors, verdicts, guns, and a tragedy we’ll see over and over

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

The Jury Room strives to be an objective resource for information about the issues we find in research and in the news. That does not mean that we are without opinions, obviously– we have beliefs and values and points of view just like everyone. And today seems like a good day to discuss the news [...]

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  • July 12, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 933 views

“Homosexuals” are worse than “gay men and lesbians”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Words matter. That’s how we’d sum up this particular research article’s findings. The author begins by citing a 2010 poll completed by CBS News and the New York Times. For half the respondents, the poll asked if the respondent favored “homosexuals” in the military. For others, the question asked was whether the respondent favored “gay men [...]

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  • June 28, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 1,167 views

“Almost perfect lie/truth detection”: Incentives to lie

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Here’s a good one. We’ve written a lot about deception detection and most of us are really bad at it. Honest! We hate to be lied to but it happens repeatedly. So in our unceasing quest to understand the heart of deception detection, a sentence like this one grabs our attention! “Judges [people who are making [...]

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Bond, C., Howard, A., Hutchison, J., & Masip, J. (2013) Overlooking the Obvious: Incentives to Lie. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35(2), 212-221. DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2013.764302  

  • June 24, 2013
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“Cultural competency” is important for your financial bottom line

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

The “times they are a changin”. Being culturally competent is no longer just a quaint, politically correct idea. It can make the difference between success and failure. The new issue of The Jury Expert has an article from Michelle Ramos-Burkhart on cultural competency and your law practice’s financial bottom line. In essence, she says our world [...]

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Ramos-Burkhart, M. (2013) Do you see what I see? How lack of cultural competency may be affecting your bottom line. . The Jury Expert. info:/

  • May 27, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
  • 773 views

Ask the judge for an autobiographical narrative from jurors?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Some judges (in our experience, mostly in Federal Court) ask jurors to orally provide autobiographical information to the court. Typically the judge has a list of questions on a board, and asks the jurors to stand and answer the questions that are listed, and sometimes “any additional information you think the Court should know.” Do [...]

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  • May 22, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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“Ethnic-sounding first names” and getting the job

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Shuki. Soukias. Raheem. Samir. Jamal. Lakisha. Atholl. Tyronne. Magestic. Did you know that something as simple as a first name makes the difference between whether you even get the interview? Last weekend we were doing a focus group and one of the mock jurors had a very unique first name. One of a kind. She [...]

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Cotton, J., O'Neill, B., & Griffin, A. (2008) The “name game”: affective and hiring reactions to first names. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 23(1), 18-39. DOI: 10.1108/02683940810849648  

  • May 17, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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Is there a relationship between age and ethnic prejudice?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

As you have probably noticed, we read a lot of research here at The Jury Room. We are looking for nuggets of knowledge or pearls of wisdom we can apply to our day-to-day practice of litigation advocacy. If you’ve read our work on generations you likely already know there is a relationship between age and [...]

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  • May 13, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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Maybe you really should use PowerPoint in court!

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

PowerPoint is often maligned but new research shows a courtroom PowerPoint effect that is nothing to dismiss! When Plaintiff attorneys used PowerPoint slides, mock jurors thought the Defendant was more liable for the alleged behavior. When the Defense used PowerPoint slides, the Defendant was less liable in the eyes of the mock jurors. Seriously? Because [...]

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Park, J., & Feigenson, N. (2013) Effects of a Visual Technology on Mock Juror Decision Making. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(2), 235-246. DOI: 10.1002/acp.2900  

  • May 8, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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Eyewitness testimony: It’s how you talk and who I think you are

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We know about the problems with inaccuracy in eyewitness testimony. But here’s a study showing bias in how listeners assess the eyewitnesses themselves. Yes, you read that correctly. It isn’t about the content of the eyewitness’ testimony. Oh no. It is instead about how the eyewitness talks and how the listener assesses their social standing. [...]

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  • May 3, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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Facial disfigurement is too disturbing, or why I won’t hire you

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Roger Ebert was a standout when it comes to facial disfigurement. We knew him before it happened. We applauded his bravery and courage in re-emerging publicly after disfiguring cancer surgery. Yet we also stared in disbelief when we saw him. His disfigurement was such that it gave the sense he was always smiling. That probably helped [...]

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