Expert testimony in recovered memory trials: Effects on mock jurors' opinions, deliberations and verdicts
Version of Record online: 23 MAR 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 24, Issue 4, pages 495–512, May 2010
How to Cite
Buck, J. A. and Warren, A. R. (2010), Expert testimony in recovered memory trials: Effects on mock jurors' opinions, deliberations and verdicts. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 24: 495–512. doi: 10.1002/acp.1569
- Issue online: 8 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 23 MAR 2009
The current study examined the impact of adversarial expert testimony on deliberations and verdicts in a mock trial involving recovered memories of child sexual abuse. Participants (N = 238) were randomly assigned to one of the six conditions in a 2 (Defense Expert: absent or present) × 3 (Plaintiff Expert: absent, general or specific/therapist) factorial design. After reading the mock trial transcript, participants completed a questionnaire and deliberated to reach a jury verdict. The defense expert's statements effectively reduced the number of pro-plaintiff verdicts and the plaintiff's credibility. These effects were not mitigated by the plaintiff experts, suggesting that the plaintiff experts may only confirm jurors' prior pro-repression beliefs. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.