Witness Appeal - Attractiveness of Defendant, Castellow

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Aim
To test the hypothesis that an attractive defendant is less likely to be seen as guilty and the more attractive the victim the more likely the guilty verdict.
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Participants
71 male and 74 female American Psychology students who particiapted for extra credits.
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Procedure
P's read a sexual harassment case, with photos of victims and defendants. The photos were previously rated for attractiveness by an independent panel on a scale of 1-9.Then asked if the defendant was guilty and to rate them on several bipolar scale.
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Results
Physically attractive defendants and victims were rated positively for other personality variables. A guilty verdict was more likely when the victim was attractive and the defendant was unattractive. Unattractive defendants - 76%, attractive - 56%
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Conclusion
they concluded that appearance does have a powerful effect on jury decision. this why lawyers advise their clients to dress smart for their day in court.
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Previous research
Previous Research have shown that attractiveness does matter. According to Dion et al, physically attractive people are assumed to have other attractive properties. This is known as the Halo Effect.
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Halo Effect
Is a cognitive bias where how we perceive one trait is influenced by previous traits.
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Implicit Personality Theory
Making a general assumption about someone's personality based on the first trait.
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