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Credibility in the courtroom: How likeable should an expert witness be?


Abstract This study sought to investigate the relation between expert witness likeability and juror judgments of credibility and sentencing. Two actors playing expert witnesses were trained to present themselves as high and low in likeability in a standard testimony scenario involving capital trial sentencing. The effects of extraversion and gender in mock jurors in attending to expert testimony were also examined. The dependent variables were the perceptions of the witnesses’ credibility and agreement with testimony and the participants were 210 psychology undergraduates. Likeability of expert witnesses was found to be significantly related to judgments of trustworthiness of the experts, but not related to confidence or knowledge of the experts or ... (more)
Created Date 2009
Contributor Brodsky, Stanley L. / Neal, Tess M.S. / Cramer, Robert J. / Ziemke, Mitchell H.
Subject expert witness / credibility / likeability / gender / extraversion / jury / decision-making
Type Text
Language English
Identifier DOI: http://jaapl.org/content/37/4/525
Rights All Rights Reserved
Citation Brodsky, S.L., Neal, T.M.S., Cramer, R.J., & Ziemke, M.H. (2009). Credibility in the courtroom: How likeable should an expert witness be? Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 37, 525-532.
Collaborating Institutions New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
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