Reaching a Verdict – How Psychology Can Inform Behaviour in the Courtroom
2.2 Attractiveness of the Defendant
· One of the most convincing features of a witness is their confidence when giving testimony.
· When a witness is confident the jury is convinced that the statements are more accurate.
Key Study: Penrod & Cutler, The Effect of Witness Confidence on Jurors’ Assessment of Eyewitness Evidence
To examine several factors, including confidence,…