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Shari Seidman Diamond

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190688707.003.0004
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date: 26 April 2018

This chapter traces the development of empirical research on the jury, a subject that has attracted psychologists since the early 1970s. The author describes her early fascination with juries and their behavior, beginning with jury size and expanding to encompass the full trial process from jury selection to legal instructions and capital sentencing. The chapter examines the sustained scholarly interest in jurors and juries that has made the jury a dominant focus for research in psychology and law. Researchers have shown that the jury is an active decision maker, whose beliefs and expectations mold responses to the evidence. Empirical studies have revealed the strengths and weaknesses of this lay decision maker against the backdrop of its alternative, the professional judge.

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