This research was executed as part of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Kansas. I thank committee members Lawrence Wrightsman (Chairperson), Allen Omoto, Charlene Muehlenhard, Nyla Branscombe, and Howard Sypher for their support and suggestions. I also thank Doug Herren, Roger Robben, and Kimberly McGeorge for their assistance in this research. Finally, I thank David P. Hurford and Martin F. Kaplan for their helpful comments on this manuscript.
The Law and Information Processing: Implications for Verdicts in Rape Cases1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 22, pages 1961–1977, November 1996
How to Cite
Allison, J. A. (1996), The Law and Information Processing: Implications for Verdicts in Rape Cases. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26: 1961–1977. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1996.tb01782.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
This study investigated the effects of focus of attention (victim vs. defendant) and the ability to recommend a sentence in addition to rendering a verdict versus rendering only a verdict on judgments in a rape case. Support was found for the hypothesis that participants would more often find the defendant guilty, and would be more confident in their guilty verdict when a sentence could be recommended in addition to the verdict, compared to those who only recommended a verdict. This pattern was especially prominent for females. This finding is discussed in terms of the standard of reasonable doubt that mock jurors may impose on their verdict decision. Interactions between the independent variables suggest that these factors may prompt mock jurors to selectively attend to particular types of information at particular times.