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

 

Aim:-

 

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

 

Methodology:-

 

·        Laboratory experiment

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