April 27 - Law and social psychology pretrial-jury...

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Law and social psychology: pretrial -jury selection -pretrial questionnaires They try and find people who they think would side with them in trial. They screen based on stuff like white males and doctors or something. You can’t screen solely based on race or gender, though. “voire dire” exemptions Law and Social Psychology: Trial Issues Eyewitness testimony: extraordinarily convincing to jurors -cases involving eyewitness testimony significantly more convictions Yet they are not very accurate -study: staged crime infront of waiting subjects -witness described thief and did lineup -testimony to jurors -jurors believe eyewitness 80% regardless of accuracy -swayed even when discredited Circumstantial 18% Eyewitness: ?? What makes eyewitnesses credible? -confidence: -watch crime tape: varied violence, disguise, time before lineup -only confidence had an effect on verdict -actual correlation confidence and accuracy: 0.25 Speed and detail answers -speedier better, specific details better -but no actual relationship to accuracy for either. What makes eyewitnesses actually accurate/inaccurate?
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This note was uploaded on 05/28/2009 for the course PSYCH 200.133 taught by Professor Dr.drigotas during the Spring '08 term at Johns Hopkins.

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