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Booktitle:

Guilty or Not Guilty?

The Impact of Ideology and Need for Closure on Jurors' Verdicts

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-07-17 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-16519-7

ISBN-10:
3639165195
EAN:
9783639165197
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
How do jurors arrive to verdicts when the available evidence is weak? A study was conducted to test the hypothesis that in trials where the strength of evidence is weak, verdict outcomes are significantly affected by the individuals’ need for cognitive closure (NFC), in conjunction with their ideology. 167 jury-eligible participants read a narrative describing a trial where the defendant was charged with murdering an abortion practitioner. Participants reached a verdict, completed the NFC scale and reported other demographic and dispositional items. Results confirmed that, in this specific scenario, high-NFC liberals were more conviction-prone than high-NFC conservatives. No differences were found among low- NFC individuals. There was no direct effect of NFC on verdicts. Correlations between NFC, ideology, attribution to internal dispositions and attitudes toward abortion were also found.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Claudia Diez
Number of pages:
76
Published on:
2009-07-17
Stock:
Available
Category:
Practical psychology
Price:
49.00 €
Keywords:
jury decision-making, juror psychology, jury psychology, need for closure, social psychology, forensic psychology, psychology of decision-making, juror biases, psychology and law, law and behavior, group psychology, courtroom psychology, social psychology

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