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  • October 16, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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Can we take back that apology to the readers of romance novels?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Whew. Last week we wondered if we should apologize to the readers of romance novels everywhere and this week, as it happens, we’ve learned we can skip that. We are relieved and uplifted by this news. To improve your social skills and your ability to identify the emotions of others, read a little Chekhov (Anton […]

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  • October 14, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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When it comes to corporate fraud in America, men are almost always to blame

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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, […]

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  • October 11, 2013
  • 08:02 AM
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What’s that book you’re reading as you wait to be impaneled?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

I listen to a lot of audiobooks while driving or flying or cooking or cleaning. I rarely listen to academic tomes. Instead, I like to be entertained with mysteries and thrillers or suspenseful stories. Lately, I have purchased several highly rated mysteries only to discover they are romance novels in disguise. It is irksome and […]

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  • October 7, 2013
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How can cheating be wrong when it feels so right?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

I think I was in college when Barbara Mandrell came out with this song for cheaters everywhere. A few decades later, I listened to my niece talk about tools she uses to identify plagiarism in her college freshman students. So I ask my (then) high school kids about cheating. They look at me as though […]

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Ruedy NE, Moore C, Gino F, & Schweitzer ME. (2013) The cheater's high: The unexpected affective benefits of unethical behavior. Journal of personality and social psychology, 105(4), 531-48. PMID: 24000799  

  • October 4, 2013
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Who is more corrupt: men or women?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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 […]

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Esarey, Justin, & Chirillo, Gina. (2013) 'Fairer Sex' or Purity Myth? Corruption, Gender, and Institutional Context. Politics and Gender . info:/

  • October 2, 2013
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The CAST Scale: A comprehensive assessment of sadistic tendencies

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We bring you various psychological questionnaires from time to time. You heard about the GASP scale here (a measure of how prone you are to shame and guilt). Let’s not forget we also told you about the Depravity Scale (when describing specific behaviors, just  how creepy, heinous, or depraved are they?). We’ve also shown you […]

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Buckels EE, Jones DN, & Paulhus DL. (2013) Behavioral Confirmation of Everyday Sadism. Psychological Science. PMID: 24022650  

  • September 30, 2013
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Never trust a man with a wide face

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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 […]

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  • September 27, 2013
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Simple Jury Persuasion: Do haters have to hate? It would seem so.

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

It’s in our genes. Or at least, in our dispositions. We all know people who are consistently negative. They pick out the negative in every situation and magnify it. Conversely, we also know people who are invariably positive. We call them Pollyanna’s. They are two extremes: the Haters and the Pollyanna’s. However, those extremes may […]

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  • September 25, 2013
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Will Mozart or Metallica make you seem more attractive?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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 […]

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  • September 23, 2013
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‘Everyday Sadists’: They walk among us

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Sadism, like most other things, is on a continuum. It isn’t just Hannibal Lecter or the Marquis de Sade. They (like the psychopaths) walk among us. You know them. You may even be one. How, for example, do you feel about pill bugs? When my daughter was young, she adored pill bugs. She would pick […]

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Buckels EE, Jones DN, & Paulhus DL. (2013) Behavioral Confirmation of Everyday Sadism. Psychological Science. PMID: 24022650  

  • September 20, 2013
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The “beauty is beastly” effect

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

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 […]

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  • September 18, 2013
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Who benefits from racism in the workplace?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

What an odd way to ask the question of why racism remains in today’s workplace! But it’s the way a group of researchers conceptualized their question. Researchers from the US, the UK and Canada looked at the question and found some interesting patterns. They examined who speaks up when racist statements are made and who […]

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  • September 16, 2013
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So is that juvenile offender a “wayward youth” or a “superpredator”?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

“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 […]

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  • September 13, 2013
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The lose-lose fashion dilemma for women litigators

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

“When you are representing a client in court, don’t wear bright red lipstick. Don’t wear colorful clothes. Don’t try to be fashionable. Don’t wear too much makeup. Don’t wear colorful nail polish–actually, don’t even wear nail polish. Judges don’t like it.” This was the advice Peggy Li received from a female attorney during her first […]

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Li, Peggy. (2013) Physical attractiveness and femininity: Helpful or hurtful for female attorneys?. Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). info:/

  • September 11, 2013
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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 9, 2013
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If others “like” it, are you irresistibly drawn as well?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We like to think we are independent thinkers and do not follow one another like sheep. Or lemmings. Someone needs to tell these academics to stop trying to make us think otherwise. You might get tenure from saying we are simply sheep but We (the collective we) are not going to ‘Like’ you or like […]

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  • September 6, 2013
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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
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“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
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“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 28, 2013
  • 02:18 AM
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Neuroscience, Memory and the Courtroom

by Emil Karlsson in Debunking Denialism

Recently, an interesting review paper was published by Lacy and Stark (2013) in Nature Reviews Neuroscience. It discusses how the scientific ignorance of law enforcement personnel, judges and jurors about memory and how it works has detrimental impact on the efficacy of legal system and human lives.... Read more »

Lacy J. W., & Stark C. E. (2013) The neuroscience of memory: implications for the courtroom. Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 14(9), 649-58. PMID: 23942467  

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