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Gomez 1 Katherine Gomez Experimental Psychology Jury Paper Introduction In a court trial, the jury makes the decision for whether or not the defendant is guilty, and if they are, how many years they will get in jail or prison. This is why it is crucial to understand what factors sway the jurors from deciding in an unbiased way. For years, psychologists have been interested in the influence of personal characteristics of the defendant or the victim on a jury’s court decision of making them guilty or innocent. Research has showed that their characteristics do indeed have an influence on their decisions including whether or not they are innocent and how many years in jail if they are undoubtedly guilty. Psychologists have made several ways to study the jury decision- making influences. They have made jury stimulation research with questionnaires and or asking participants to serve as an experimental jury where they view tapes of real or artificial court cases. One other way they have found is to have participants in the study have been jurors, or who have been jurors recently. According to ______, (____), one particular factor that influences a jury’s decision making is the attractiveness of the defendant and the victim. The defendant was given the most amounts of years when he was unattractive and the victim was attractive. This lead me to believe that the defendant should be given the least amount of years when the defendant is attractive and the victim is unattractive. My independent variables are whether the defendant is attractive or unattractive, and my two levels for each are whether the victim is attractive or unattractive. My dependent variable is how many years
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