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