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  • September 13, 2013
  • 07:02 AM
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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
  • 07:02 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 9, 2013
  • 07:02 AM
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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
  • 07:02 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
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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
  • 07:02 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
  • 01:18 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  

  • August 26, 2013
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Whoa! Is that invisible gorilla headed for the courtroom?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve been not seeing it everywhere. Who knows how many invisible gorillas you’ve missed? And, it’s not just you. How about expert observers (like radiologists) not seeing those invisible gorillas who are taking up 42 times more space on their X-rays than a typical tumor? This is so not good. We probably need write no […]

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  • August 23, 2013
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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 21, 2013
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Simple Jury Persuasion: Being “right” versus being persuasive

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

If only they would listen. It is so frustrating when you know you are right but no one is agreeing with you. When we wrote about myside bias last week, the article stimulating today’s post had not yet been published. But the author experienced exactly what our client attorneys do when listening to mock jurors […]

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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 19, 2013
  • 10:58 AM
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”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
  • 07:02 AM
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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 12, 2013
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Negotiating salary: Ask for a precise number!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve written before about salary negotiations in general, the difference in what men and women are paid, and salary negotiations for women only. So here’s another new study that says, whether you are male or female, going in with a specific number (like $5,015 rather than $5,000) gives you an edge in negotiations. Researchers examined the use […]

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Mason, MF, Lee, AJ, Wiley, EA, & Ames, DR. (2013) Precise offers are potent anchors: Conciliatory counter-offers and attributions of knowledge in negotiations. . Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 759-763. info:/

  • August 5, 2013
  • 07:02 AM
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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
  • 07:02 AM
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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
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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 19, 2013
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“That’s your story? Seriously?”: Believability of alibis

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

You may have heard the idea that people fulfill our expectations so that if we expect accomplishment we often get it and if we expect failure, we can get that too. In research it is called ‘experimenter expectancy’ (and the reason for double-blind studies). In education it is called ‘the halo effect’. Turns out it’s [...]

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  • July 17, 2013
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Cathedrals, civic buildings and your tolerance for ambiguity

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

You probably do not think buildings have anything to do with your ambiguity tolerance. Not so fast though. We are here to connect dots of many types, even when it sounds ridiculous. Researchers found that the mere act of standing in a parking lot next to either civic buildings or a cathedral made a difference [...]

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  • July 15, 2013
  • 06:07 AM
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Accumulated Injustices in Trayvon Martin Case

by David Smith in United Academics

The criminal justice system has always been at the sharp end of race relations in the United States. Not only have African Americans been treated more harshly than whites as suspects and offenders, they have been taken less seriously as victims.... Read more »

Tushar Kansal. (2005) RACIAL DISPARITY IN SENTENCING: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE. The Sentencing Project. info:/

  • July 14, 2013
  • 02:30 PM
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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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