Castellow et al

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Reaching a Verdict – How Psychology Can Inform Behaviour in the Courtroom

Witness Appeal


2.1 Attractiveness of the Defendant


·         ‘Halo Effect’ – when one favourable characteristic in known about an individual a positive halo is of favourable characteristics is formed.

·         When applied to the courtroom, a jury may make decisions about witnesses and defendants based on their physical appearance.


Key Study: Castellow et al, The Effects of Physical Attractiveness on Jury Verdicts




·        To test the hypothesis that attractive defendants are less likely to be seen as guilty.




·        Laboratory experiment


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