Effects of group size and procedural influence on consensual judgments of quantity: The example of damage awards and mock civil juries

Davis, J.H. and Au, W.T. and Hulbert, L.G. and Chen, X.P. and Zarnoth, P. (1997) Effects of group size and procedural influence on consensual judgments of quantity: The example of damage awards and mock civil juries. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73 (4). pp. 703-718. ISSN 0022-3514. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Six-person mock civil juries awarded significantly larger amounts for damages than did 12-person juries, and individuals preferred even larger average awards. A reversal of the ''deep-pockets bias'' observed earlier, an explanation involving temporal fluctuation in normative standards, during the rime interval between the studies, was supported by independent data showing temporal trends in actual civil trial awards. A computational model of consensus that assumed a strong majority of those members with the most similar (closest) personal Preferences decided on the median of their preferences accurately predicted award magnitude. Computer simulations explored the effects of critical faction size (majority, etc.) and location within the group, features that might in turn depend on task environment, cultural dynamics, and social context.

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