Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming, WY, U.S.A.
Special Issue Paper
Jury decision making research: Are researchers focusing on the mouse and not the elephant in the room?
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: Jury Simulation Research: Student Versus Community Samples
Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 439–451, May/June 2011
How to Cite
Nuñez, N., McCrea, S. M. and Culhane, S. E. (2011), Jury decision making research: Are researchers focusing on the mouse and not the elephant in the room?. Behav. Sci. Law, 29: 439–451. doi: 10.1002/bsl.967
- Issue published online: 15 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2011
The concerns of jury research have extensively focused on subject selection, yet larger issues loom. We argue that observed differences between students and non-students in mock juror studies are inconsistent at best, and that researchers are ignoring the more important issue of jury deliberation. We contend that the lack of information on deliberating jurors and/or juries is a much greater threat to ecological validity and that some of our basic findings and conclusions in the literature today might be different if we had used juries, not non-deliberating jurors, as the unit of measure. Finally, we come full circle in our review and explore whether the debate about college and community samples might be more relevant to deliberating versus non-deliberating jurors. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.