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Is pre-deliberation juror discussion benign?: Recent experimental evidence Seminar

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16:00 - 17:00
7 April 2011
School of Psychology, Room 3095, Shackleton Building (Building 44), University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Barbara Seiter on 02380 595578 or email .

Event details

In American trials, jurors are typically prohibited from discussing the case with one another prior to jury deliberation.

This has been the custom due to fears that jurors may reach preliminary decisions or may disregard evidence presented after early discussions. A few states have begun to permit such discussions (at least in civil trials). The results of a large scale jury simulation study will be reported which examine the effect of including or excluding a midtrial discussion of the evidence among jurors. The results of this study suggest that such discussion can indeed bias jury verdicts.


Tea will be served beforehand at 15:45 in room 3096 (iZone room).

Speaker information

Professor Norbert Kerr,Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

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