Inside the Juror: The Psychology of Juror Decision Making

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Reid Hastie
Cambridge University Press, 1993 - Law - 277 pages
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How jurors come to a verdict in a trial is a fascinating topic with many unexpected aspects. Inside the Juror presents the most interesting and sophisticated work to date on juror decision making from several traditions--social psychology, behavioral decision theory, cognitive psychology, and behavioral modeling. The authors grapple with crucial questions, such as: Why jurors who hear the same evidence and arguments in the courtroom enter the jury room with disagreements about the proper verdict and how biases and prejudices affect jurors' decisions. And just how "rational" is the typical juror? As an introduction to the scientific study of juror decision making in criminal trials, Inside the Juror provides a comprehensive and understandable summary of the major theories of juror decision making and the research that has been conducted to evaluate their validity.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Some steps between attitudes and verdicts
42
The influence of outcome information and attitudes on juror decision making in search and seizure cases
65
Algebraic models of juror decision processes
84
Stochastic models of juror decision making
116
Formal and empirical research on cascaded inference in jurisprudence
136
Argument structuring and evidence evaluation
175
The story model for juror decision making
192
Notes on the sampling of stimulus cases and the measurement of responses in research on juror decision making
225
Sausages and the law Juror decisions in the much larger justice system
229
A rational game theory framework for the analysis of legal and criminal decision making
235
Why do jury research?
242
Two conceptions of the juror
255
A mathematician comments on models of juror decision making
263
Index of names
271
Index of subjects
276

Commentaries
223

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