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Dissonance Reduction in Jurors' Post-Verdict Decisions

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Dissonance reduction in jurors’ post-verdict decisions was investigated using a mock juror paradigm. Participants were expected to experience dissonance after making a difficult verdict decision in a rape trial. Those who voted “guilty” after reading an ambiguous case reduced their dissonance by adding consonant cognitions; they rated the crime as more severe and recommended harsher sentences than participants in a clearly guilty control condition. However, this effect was observed only for men. Trial bifurcation effectively eliminated the dissonance effect. The prediction that those who acquitted would reduce dissonance via trivialization resulting in decreased ratings of crime severity was not supported.
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Rodriguez, Dario. and Berry, Melissa. "Dissonance Reduction in Jurors' Post-Verdict Decisions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, TBA, San Antonio, TX, Mar 05, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p295908_index.html>

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Rodriguez, D. N. and Berry, M. , 2009-03-05 "Dissonance Reduction in Jurors' Post-Verdict Decisions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, TBA, San Antonio, TX <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p295908_index.html

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Abstract: Dissonance reduction in jurors’ post-verdict decisions was investigated using a mock juror paradigm. Participants were expected to experience dissonance after making a difficult verdict decision in a rape trial. Those who voted “guilty” after reading an ambiguous case reduced their dissonance by adding consonant cognitions; they rated the crime as more severe and recommended harsher sentences than participants in a clearly guilty control condition. However, this effect was observed only for men. Trial bifurcation effectively eliminated the dissonance effect. The prediction that those who acquitted would reduce dissonance via trivialization resulting in decreased ratings of crime severity was not supported.


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