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The Effects of Detailed Instructions on Juror Decisions in Criminal Responsibility Cases


Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine mock jurors’ decision making in insanity cases. Specific instructions (vs. typical) juror instructions were tested to increase jurors’ comprehension of verdict options and reduce the effects of preexisting attitudes and reliance on cognitively biased thought processes in their legal decision making.

The specific instructions in this study were inspired by Fuzzy Trace Theory, which holds that simple language and visual aids that convey the ‘gist’ of complex information can help people make better decisions (Reyna & Brainerd, 1995). Participants (N= 496) were randomly assigned to one of two juror instruction conditions (specific vs. typical). All participants read a 10-page insanity defense case... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Hight, Morgan (Author) / Neal, Tess M (Advisor) / Schweitzer, Nicholas (Committee member) / Salerno, Jessica (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Psychology
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 88 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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