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Warmth and competence on the witness stand: Implications for credibility of male and female expert witnesses


Abstract This study examined how manipulations of likeability and knowledge affected mock jurors’ perceptions of female and male expert witness credibility (N=290). Our findings extend the person perception literature by demonstrating how warmth and competence overlap with existing conceptions of likeability and credibility in the psycholegal domain. We found experts high in likeability and/or knowledge were perceived equally positively regardless of gender in a death penalty sentencing context. Gender differences emerged when the expert was low in likeability and/or knowledge; in these conditions the male expert was perceived more positively than the comparable female expert. Although intermediate judgments (e.g., perceptions of credibility) were... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Neal, Tess M.S. / Guadagno, Rosanna E. / Eno, Cassie A. / Brodsky, Stanley L.
Subject gender / witness / credibility / likeability / warmth / testimony
Type Text
Language English
Identifier DOI: http://www.jaapl.org/content/40/4/488.full
Rights All Rights Reserved
Citation Neal, T.M.S., Guadagno, R.E., Eno, C.A., & Brodsky, S.L. (2012). Warmth and competence on the witness stand: Implications for credibility of male and female expert witnesses. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 40, 488-497.
Collaborating Institutions New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
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