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  • January 22, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Compelling Counter-Stereotypic Conditions

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Back in early 2010, we blogged about the impact of surprise on the brain. In a nutshell, surprise makes you stop and look at situations with a new perspective. When in the courtroom, surprise can make you question your assumptions and preconceived beliefs about the case. And that is precisely what you want when your […]

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  • January 20, 2014
  • 07:02 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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Stern C, West TV, & Schmitt PG. (2014) The liberal illusion of uniqueness. Psychological Science, 25(1). PMID: 24247730  

  • January 17, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

Narcissism and Social Media Use

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve seen a lot of commentary about narcissistic Millennials and how that self- involvement shows up in their use of social media. Well, yes–and not so much– according to new research. The researchers focus on whether one is an active user or a passive user of social media. (Active users create content while passive users […]

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Davenport, SW, Bergman, SM, Bergman, JZ, & Fearrington, ME. (2014) Twitter versus Facebook: Exploring the role of narcissism in the motives and usage of different social media platforms. . Computers in Human Behavior, 212-220. info:/

  • January 15, 2014
  • 09:43 AM

Why Me? Perceptions of Justice Influence Pain Experiences

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Life has its many twists and turns – to make sense of all of it, people sometimes take a “just world” approach, reasoning that people get more or less what […]... Read more »

  • January 15, 2014
  • 07:02 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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  • January 10, 2014
  • 07:02 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
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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  

  • January 8, 2014
  • 07:02 AM

The Islamophobia Scale: Measuring our fear of Muslims

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

It is well-known that in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9-11-2001, the level of fear towards (and hate crimes against) Muslims has increased dramatically. Researchers have looked for ways to predict fearful attitudes toward Muslims and pondered just what high versus medium or low levels of fear of Muslims might mean. The Islamophobia […]

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Lee, SA, Reid, CA, Short, SD, Gibbons, JA, Yeh, R., & Campbell, ML. (2013) Fear of Muslims: Psychometric Evaluation of the Islamophobia Scale. . Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 5(3), 157-171. DOI: 10.1037/a0032117  

  • December 31, 2013
  • 09:00 AM

Super Rare Items Are Most Likely to Be Missed

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Various jobs in security, medicine, and other fields require employees to pick out a target item in the midst of lots of distracting information. To complicate matters, the targets that […]... Read more »

  • December 29, 2013
  • 05:55 PM

Professional Education and Development Alert: Emotional Intelligence, Effective Communication, and Interpersonal Sensitivity–Predictions About Medical School [Law School] Success In the Interpersonal Academic Performance Behavior Dimension

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Like the legal profession, the interpersonal behaviors of effective communication and interpersonal sensitivity matter greatly in the practice of medicine.  As a result of recent research, medical schools admissions committees and medical school faculty have some empirical support, and consequently may want start to assessing candidates for admission or medical students progressing through the [...]The post Professional Education and Development Alert: Emotional Intelligence, Effective Communi........ Read more »

  • December 20, 2013
  • 07:02 AM

A new question for the jury: Did my brain implant make me do it?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve written as lot about “brain malfunction” [aka “did my brain make me do it?”] defenses here but this is a new twist on the neurolaw question. Deep brain stimulation (“DBS”) is a well-accepted treatment for a number of serious and treatment resistant neurological conditions from Parkinson’s Disease to depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. As effective […]

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  • December 18, 2013
  • 07:02 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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  • December 14, 2013
  • 12:15 AM

Who Is Your Firm’s “A-Game” Negotiator? Research Points to Those Higher in Emotion Understanding as the “Best” Choice

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

A “compelling and robust correlation between the ability to understand emotion and counterpart mood” has been shown in the context of negotiation.  More specifically, from the results of their two studies in which they utilized an ability-based model of emotional intelligence, emotional intelligence researchers concluded that the “Practical implications of these findings are clear; [...]The post Who Is Your Firm’s “A-Game” Negotiator? Research Points to Those Higher in E........ Read more »

  • December 13, 2013
  • 07:02 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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  • December 12, 2013
  • 05:00 PM

The Link Between Using Pro-Social Media and Empathy

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

Does watching TV and playing video games affect our empathy and willingness to engage in pro-social behavior? A team of international psychology researchers studied over 2,000 adolescents (mean age 21 years, 60% female and 40% male) in seven countries (Australia, China, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Romania and the United States) to determine whether there is a link between the media they consume and their levels of empathy and pro-social behavior. ... Read more »

Sara Prot, Douglas A. Gentile, Craig A. Anderson, Kanae Suzuki, Edward Swing, Kam Ming Lim, Yukiko Horiuchi, Margareta Jelic, Barbara Krahé, Wei Liuqing.... (2013) Long-Term Relations Among Prosocial-Media Use, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior. Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613503854  

  • December 11, 2013
  • 08:10 AM

Brain Porn? That is so 2008. Neuro-skepticism is where it’s at!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

It’s been a while since we’ve done an update on neurolaw in the courtroom. The idea that pretty and colorful pictures of the brain (aka fMRIs) can give us a window into motivations, intent, and the creepiness of others captures our imagination. New research though, cautions us that perhaps (like the vast over-estimations of the […]

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  • December 9, 2013
  • 07:02 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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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 6, 2013
  • 07:02 AM

“They’re probably lining their deep pockets with ill-gotten gain”

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

For the fourth year in a row we have been honored with recognition from the ABA via inclusion in their 2013 list of the Top 100 legal blogs in the country. We work hard to blog consistently even when inundated with work and would appreciate your vote for us at the Blawg 100 site under the […]

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Biggerstaff, L.,, Cicero, D., & Puckett, A. (2013) Unethical culture, suspect CEOs and corporate misbehavior. . SSRN Electronic Journal. DOI: 10.3386/w19261  

  • December 4, 2013
  • 07:02 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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  • December 2, 2013
  • 07:02 AM

Is it best to be competent, warm, or moral?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Despite the research telling us people will like you more if you are warm and hire you more when you are competent–perhaps, it is more important that you are moral. While that may seem odd at first, it actually makes some sense. A seemingly warm and friendly person may be hiding nefarious motives under that […]

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Goodwin GP, Piazza J, & Rozin P. (2013) Moral Character Predominates in Person Perception and Evaluation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. PMID: 24274087  

  • December 2, 2013
  • 01:40 AM

Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Mechanisms of Leadership Emergence, and Important Predictors of [Legal] Organization Effectiveness

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Does emotional intelligence, a set of abilities concerned with processing emotions and emotional information, contribute to how one member of a self-managed group who lacks formal authority may influence other members?  Researchers recently addressed this important question about informal influence processes and the concept called leadership emergence.  The answer is “Yes”.  Leadership emergence relates [...]The post Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Mechanisms of Leadership Emergence, ........ Read more »

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