Doug Keene

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Doug Keene has a doctoral degree in Psychology and has worked as a trial consultant for the past 15 years. He is Past President of the American Society of Trial Consultants and has a full-service trial consulting practice. Twitter: @keenetrial

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  • January 20, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

I want to be special: The desires of the conservative and the liberal

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written before about the differences between liberals and conservatives. The article we feature today isn’t about moral issues, brain structure, or shopping preferences. It is instead about a basic need filled for some by Mr. Rogers: the deep-seated desire to be special.  Two studies were conducted. The first had 292 participants recruited via Mechanical […]

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We have nothing to fear (unless we are conservative)
The evidence is mounting: The brains of liberals and ........ Read more »

Stern C, West TV, & Schmitt PG. (2014) The liberal illusion of uniqueness. Psychological Science, 25(1). PMID: 24247730  

  • January 15, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Anger Disgust = Moral Outrage

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We watch for facial expressions and verbal indications of moral outrage when doing pretrial research because it usually means the mock jurors have connected egregious conduct with strongly held beliefs. It is a connection that is nearly impossible to sever, and a development of critical interest to litigants. We’ve seen it when you would expect […]

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Choosing to either disgust your jurors or tick them off
Is that quick decision a good indicator of your moral character?
What........ Read more »

  • January 10, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Declining stock values? You need to hire a “hot CEO”!

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Like Yahoo! did when they hired Marissa Mayer. At least one media outlet chose to illustrate their writeup of today’s study with Ms. Mayer. We’ve written before about law firm success but that seems to be tied not to the “hotness” of the managing partner but to their appearance of  competence. Ms. Mayer was loudly […]

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Facial disfigurement is too disturbing, or why I won’t hire you
Proof we don’t hire the most qualified candidate!
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Halford, Joseph, Taylor Hsu, & Scott H. C. (2013) Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Value. SSRN Electronic Journal. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2357756  

  • December 18, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

The Autocrat and the Role of Presiding Juror

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Recently, in a multi-panel mock trial, we held our breaths as a 60-something white male business man volunteered to be the presiding juror since he had a lot of experience leading groups. We had purposely loaded the group with only a single strong Plaintiff juror (and a second moderate Plaintiff supporter), knew the new presiding […]

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Power, Penises and the Role of the Presiding Juror
Deliberations & the role of the presiding juror
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  • December 13, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Dubbing, subtitling, transportation and the redundancy effect

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We have done a number of trials where either translators, video dubbing, or captions were used to assist witnesses for whom English was not a first language and, in one amusing instance, for a man whose Southern U.S. regional dialect was so thick that mock jurors wondered aloud if he was even speaking English. Oddly, […]

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Shooting the messenger: The intergroup sensitivity effect
The “hoodie effect”: A domestic variant of the turban effect
The hypercorrection effe........ Read more »

  • December 9, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Millenials Revisited (Again): A happy life or a meaningful life?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We believe the negative press on the Millennials (our 20-somethings and early 30-somethings) is simply what happens to all of our young people as they are judged (and found wanting) by older generations. And mostly we eventually grow up, mature, and become something different than we started out as–at least when viewed through the eyes […]

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Generation X: Active, balanced and happy. Seriously?
If your jurors are happy, will they blame the victim less?
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Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Voh, Jennifer L. Aaker, & Emily N. Garbinsky. (2013) Some key differences between a happy life and a meaningful life. . The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8(6), 505-516. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2168436  

  • December 4, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

A law firm’s financial success & the managing partners’ face

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Hmmm. Here’s research that says the appearance of managing partners’ faces at America’s 100 top law firms is tied to firm “profit margin, profitability index, and profits per equity partner”. You may want to look at managing partners’ faces before making a decision about that job offer! We’ve written about first impressions before but this […]

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I can tell from your face that you are suicidal
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Between Coddling and Contempt: Mana........ Read more »

  • November 25, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Timing your request for that questionable favor…

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

So you need to ask someone to do something and that “something” lies in the morally murky or ambiguous realm. We won’t offer examples of what that favor may be, but you know what we mean. You may wonder when is best to ask. Right after you’ve begun the day (and they’ve had ample coffee)? […]

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Leading our unethical leaders: Behaving as we want our jurors to behave
Which is the more moral negotiator? The male or the female?
What’s a moral issue for us these days?

........ Read more »

  • November 20, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Empathy: Paving the road to preferential treatment with good intentions

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

How do empathy, accountability and fairness interact to result in preferential treatment (but with the best of intentions)? You know we are looking at this with an eye toward litigation implications and it isn’t even that much of a stretch. The researchers are looking at the workplace supervisor/supervisee relationship to assess how knowing that an […]

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“That’s not fair!”
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  • November 11, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Defending the Psychopath: “His brain made him do it”

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Recently, we wrote about how risk assessment measures do not work on the psychopath. So it seems only fitting we summarize a new article that explains psychopathic behavior using fMRI scans that purport to show how the defendant is not in control of his behavior because “his brain made him do it”. This is an […]

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On brains, brain damage, pedophilia and other things we don’t like
Confused about brain scans? Welcome to the club!
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Phillips, KD. (2013) Empathy for psychopaths: Using fMRI brain scans to please for leniency in death penalty cases. Law and Psychology Review. . info:/

  • November 6, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Do you want to make your juror “think fast”?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

A new research review says thinking fast can improve our mood, and increase risk-taking, confidence and problem-solving. The author discusses the experiences of running, skiing, driving over the speed limit as all having the capacity to excite, elate and energize us. But we do not have to be moving fast in order to improve our […]

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Think fast! Is this the perpetrator? How certain are you?
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  • November 1, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Fringe dwellers are very, very certain of their rightness

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

This comes as no surprise to us. We routinely look at mock jurors with extreme views on various issues as unpredictable and thus, dangerous for our case. We think of the extremist as dwelling on the “fringe” of beliefs held by the majority. They are often conspiracy devotees and “hear” facts through a nearly impregnable […]

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The evidence is mounting: The brains of liberals and conservatives differ
Politics and prejudice? Nope. It’s about ideology!
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  • October 28, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Stop looking at your smartphone & listen to me!

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

If you are reading this blog post while in a meeting, please know it’s twice as likely women will be offended by your behavior than will men. That’s the finding of a new research study from Howard University and the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Management Communication. The study looks at perceptions of […]

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“Stop picking fights and get some emotional intelligence!”
Be careful what you text!
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Washington, MC, Okoro, EA, & Cardon, PW. (2013) Perceptions of Civility for Mobile Phone Use in Formal and Informal Meetings. . Business Communication Quarterly. . info:/

  • October 23, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Is that psychopath going to be violent in the future?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written about psychopaths before here. A huge question for jurors (and the rest of us) is recidivism. So, should you use a standard risk assessment measure like the Historical, Clinical, Risk Management 20 [HCR-20], or the Violence Risk Assessment Guide [VRAG], or the Offenders Group Reconviction Scale II [OGRS-II]–or just flip a coin? Flip […]

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Are female stalkers less likely to be violent than male stalkers?
I know what you did next summer
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Coid JW, Ullrich S, & Kallis C. (2013) Predicting future violence among individuals with psychopathy. The British Journal of Psychiatry. PMID: 24072757  

  • October 14, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

When it comes to corporate fraud in America, men are almost always to blame

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Recently we shared the results of a study on gender and corruption. That study showed that both genders were capable of corruption and that corrupt behavior depended upon context. Researchers at Penn State recently released a study completed in America and looking at gender and corporate crime/fraud. If you read the title of this post, […]

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Mad enough to kill? It’s better if you’re a woman
When are jurors more apt to blame the ‘rogue employee’ than the corporation?
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  • October 4, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Who is more corrupt: men or women?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

For those of you blurting out “men are more corrupt”–slow down a bit. Interestingly, it may depend in part on where you live and whether corruption is seen as something to avoid (rather than a fact of life). According to these researchers, women in democratic countries are less likely to tolerate corruption and less likely […]

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“It was ‘a man’s work’ and I just didn’t like working with those incompetent women….”
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Esarey, Justin, & Chirillo, Gina. (2013) 'Fairer Sex' or Purity Myth? Corruption, Gender, and Institutional Context. Politics and Gender . info:/

  • September 30, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Never trust a man with a wide face

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written twice before about wide-faced men, but we have something new! This time, it isn’t just those wide-faced men who are going to lie, cheat and be prejudiced. They are also going to make you behave selfishly just by interacting with them. Your selfish behavior is going to make others behave selfishly and the […]

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“Wide-faced men are going to lie and cheat”
Wide-faced men are not just liars and cheaters, they’re prejudiced too!
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  • September 25, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Will Mozart or Metallica make you seem more attractive?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

The Finnish metal band Apocalyptica (pictured at left) combines classically trained cellists with metal music. According to this research, you are likely to find them very attractive one way or another. Fortunately for you, you do not have to combine metal and Mozart to be optimally attractive. Just ask yourself this (hopefully) simple question: Am […]

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When you wear glasses you are less attractive but more smart and trustworthy
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  • September 20, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

The “beauty is beastly” effect

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Are you among those who worry about whether “beautiful people” are judged too harshly in our society? That’s what we thought… Some believe society has evolved to the point that beautiful people are no longer penalized for being beautiful. Others think “What? Beautiful people are penalized for being beautiful? Oh, please.” Thankfully, academics in search […]

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Beauty is only skin deep but the lack of beauty lands you in jail!
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  • September 16, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

So is that juvenile offender a “wayward youth” or a “superpredator”?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

“Youth in criminal courts receive more severe sentences than their counterparts in juvenile courts and serve longer sentences than their adult counterparts tried in criminal courts.” The researchers writing this article believe they are the first to examine pre-existing stereotypes of the juvenile offender and how they relate to punishment decisions by jurors. The researchers […]

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Angry, fearful, gun-owning white men for Zimmerman?
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