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  • March 26, 2014
  • 09:53 AM
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Busted Bracket? Science Suggests Strategy to Improve March Madness Picks

by amikulak in Daily Observations

It’s official: No one on this planet will walk away with Warren Buffett’s $1 billion dollar prize for filling out a perfect March Madness bracket. Hopes for the money were […]... Read more »

  • March 24, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,175 views

Think conspiracy theorists live on the fringes? Think again!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Amazingly, a study published in a highly respected medical journal (as opposed to, say, a Bigfoot site) found that 49% of those living in the United States believe at least one medical conspiracy theory. That’s only where it starts–18% believe in three or more. Wow.  The researchers wondered if US residents believe the public health […]

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  • March 21, 2014
  • 01:45 PM
  • 1,603 views

What’s the Value of a Dollar? It Depends on How You Perceive Numbers

by amikulak in Daily Observations

When it comes to how we value money, all dollars (or Euros or yen or pesos) are not created equal. If someone gives you three dollar bills and then offers […]... Read more »

  • March 21, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,028 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: Women can keep the vote after all…

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

You may recall the story posted on CNN in late 2012 about how women vote differently based on hormonal fluctuations. Unfortunately, because of how our brains work (and our attraction to outrageous stories, true or not), you may not recall that CNN removed the story in 7 hours due to internet backlash over an article […]

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  • March 19, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 947 views

Shocking research: Generational stereotypes don’t make sense on the job

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve written about this a lot both here on the blog and over at The Jury Expert. So it isn’t news to us, but evidently it continues to surprise experts in other fields. Business journals are still urging differing management strategies for members of different generations in the workplace. But, as in other research, today’s […]

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Becton, J., Walker, H., & Jones-Farmer, A. (2014) Generational differences in workplace behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44(3), 175-189. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12208  

  • March 14, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 991 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: Action aversion versus outcome aversion

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Today’s post focuses on ideas that will be familiar to many of you but the terms themselves will probably seem foreign. The research is about the role of emotion in our  decisions about moral issues. Essentially, the research looks at emotional pathways to moral condemnation. What motivates our reaction to tragic injury? Is it about […]

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  • March 12, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,184 views

Do we want convicted felons to express guilt and shame, or no?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Almost three years ago, we blogged about what we called the Scott Peterson Effect – citing a 2001 literature review of 45 years of research on remorse in capital murder defendants. Now, we have new article on the role of shame and guilt in predicting recidivism. To these researchers, the difference between shame and guilt is critical, […]

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  • March 10, 2014
  • 10:45 AM
  • 1,960 views

Money and Morality: Lack of Resources May Lead to Harsher Moral Judgments

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Material resources, specifically income, have a sustaining impact on our lives. They dictate fundamental aspects of life, like where we live, and more peripheral aspects, such as whether we can […]... Read more »

  • March 10, 2014
  • 08:29 AM
  • 1,225 views

Does Daylight Saving Time Affect Voter Turnout?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Another daylight saving time (DST) has come and gone without triggering the collapse of society, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had an impact. Research suggests that DST can influence energy use (pdf), the prevalence of workplace accidents (pdf), and the tendency to shirk work responsibilities by looking at random stuff on the internet (a […]... Read more »

  • March 5, 2014
  • 04:41 PM
  • 1,195 views

Got a Dollar? You May Be Happier if You Spend it on Someone Else

by amikulak in Daily Observations

A boost to income can increase happiness to a certain degree, but research suggests how you spend your money may be equally important as the amount you have. According to […]... Read more »

Dunn, E., Aknin, L., & Norton, M. (2014) Prosocial spending and happiness: Using money to benefit others pays off. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23(1), 41-47. DOI: 10.1177/0963721413512503  

  • March 5, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 813 views

Binge-watching House of Cards, cheating, and creativity

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

I did not intend to binge watch the newly-released second season of House of Cards. But once I saw the first episode, I could not stop and watched the entire season over the next 4 days. As a fellow fan, I understood Barack Obama’s tweet about the show Tomorrow: @HouseOfCards. No spoilers, please.   and […]

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  • March 3, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,626 views

Does cyber stalking really harm anyone?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Most of us realize that real life stalking is a serious issue and very frightening to the victim, whether male or female and whether young or old. But what about cyber stalking? While research on real life stalking has grown over the past two decades, actual research on cyber stalking is sparse–despite ever-increasing depictions on […]

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  • March 3, 2014
  • 01:50 AM
  • 922 views

The Impenetrable Bulwark of Vaccination Lies

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

America has a problem. Some people are spouting the lie that vaccines can cause autism and other people are believing them. This has led to some unfortunate false-equivalence when the issue is discussed, and wouldn’t you know it, that false equivalence makes people less likely to believe the truth. Sometimes there’s no false equivalence; people […]... Read more »

Nyhan, B., Reifler, J., Richey, S., & Freed, G.L. (2014) Effective Messages in Vaccine Promotion: A Randomized Trial. Pediatrics. info:/

  • February 26, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,044 views

If your client is Atheist or Muslim, do you want your Christian jurors to be Black or White?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written a number of times about the role of non-belief or of strong religious beliefs on juries and juror decision-making. The majority of research, largely based on White participants, has shown repeatedly that for White Christians, if you are an non-believer (e.g., an Atheist or a Muslim), you will be looked on less favorably […]

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  • February 23, 2014
  • 11:31 AM
  • 808 views

Are People Wired to Help the Needy?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Humans tend to be altruistic creatures. Don’t be fooled by what you see on Black Friday or days when Congress votes on food stamp funding — we like helping each other out. A popular explanation for our behavior is that we have evolved to care for those in need and feel empathy when we come […]... Read more »

  • February 21, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 892 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: The “tainted altruism effect”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

People will actually see you more positively when you raise no money for charity at all than they will when you raise $1,000,000 (but skim $100,000 for yourself). Even if you said you were going to keep 10% up front and the charity really did get the $900,000! When you benefit (in any way) from […]

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  • February 19, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,138 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: The weaker the evidence, the more precise you become

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

When your evidence is weak, how can you be more persuasive? Precision. Observers want to see certain things to have confidence in what you are saying. The more precise you are, the more likely the observer is to see you as knowledgeable and accurate (even when negotiating for salary!). So what does the observer look […]

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Jerez-Fernandez A, Angulo AN, & Oppenheimer DM. (2014) Show me the numbers: precision as a cue to others' confidence. Psychological Science, 25(2), 633-5. PMID: 24317423  

  • February 17, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 909 views

Your online avatar and your real-world behavior

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Last fall we wrote about how having a dark-skinned avatar in an immersive virtual reality experience can reduce your implicit bias against dark-skinned people. Now Illinois researchers show us that the avatar assigned in online gaming also influences behavior. How? If you are assigned to be a hero, you do good. If you are assigned […]

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  • February 14, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
  • 709 views

Racist roads not taken and prejudice-based aggression

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

About a year ago we wrote about people making up “racist roads not taken” in the past to excuse biased or racist behavior in the moment. Racist behavior or decisions in the moment were excused because “back then I had the chance to behave in a racist way but did not, so it’s okay for […]

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  • February 13, 2014
  • 06:00 AM
  • 1,637 views

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Overpriced roses and generic greeting cards are flying off the shelves, only to be thrown in the trash in a day or two. Windows, storefronts, even drab office cubicles are […]... Read more »

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