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The decision processes of 6- and 12-person mock juries assigned unanimous and 2/3 majority rules.

Davis, J., Kerr, Norbert L., Atkin, R., Holt, R., Meek, D. (1975) The decision processes of 6- and 12-person mock juries assigned unanimous and 2/3 majority rules. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 32 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 0022-3514. E-ISSN 1939-1315. (doi:10.1037/h0076849) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

720 college students served on 6- or 12-member "juries" that listened to a simulated trial of a rape case, deliberated, and then rendered verdicts according to the unanimity or two-thirds majority social decision rule assigned. Although neither assigned rule nor jury size had a significant effect upon the verdict distribution, average deliberation time and the number of polls were both significantly influenced. Individuals gave a significantly higher proportion of guilty verdicts than did juries. A two-thirds majority social decision scheme model best predicted overall verdict distributions, while a number of other social process models could be confidently rejected. Several other findings are discussed along with the argument for the need for both theoretical and empirical research on juries.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/h0076849
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: M.L. Barnoux
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 15:57 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42616 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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