HOW WELL DO JURORS REASON - COMPETENCE DIMENSIONS OF INDIVIDUAL VARIATION IN A JUROR REASONING TASK Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Significant individual variation is observed in how people reason as jurors At the satisficing end of a continuum we identify, the juror draws on evidence selectively to construct a single story of what happened, with no acknowledgment of discrepant evidence or alternative possibilities A contrasting theory-evidence coordination mode of processing entails construction of multiple theories (story-verdict constellations) that are evaluated against the evidence and against alternatives Individual differences influence task outcome, the satisficing mode being associated with more extreme verdict choices and very high certainty

publication date

  • January 1, 1994