Psychology of the courtroom

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TRIAL PROCEDURES AND PERSUASION

Adversarial - trial by jury, massiveley impacted by funding

Funded by Pennington and Hastie - primacy produced guilty verdicts.

Inquisitorial - where the judge holds the central case

Persuasion techniques:

  • Yale model of communication
    Primacy and recency effects -PENNINGTON
    Moriss and Moriss - questions in order
  • Witness order
    Lawyers using story order.
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JURY SELECTION AND DECISION MAKING

decision making influences
changes to criminal justice act
use of video footage
emphasis on appropraite interviewing of children

SAYWITZ 1996
memory training for child witnesses
showed trained group recalled
significantly more correct information.

Stewart (1985) - apperance and punishment, the attraction leniency effect

observation of 60 trials

defendant rated by observers

Attractiveness negatively correlated with length of sentence.

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