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Jurors Emotional Reactions To a Capital Trial: Testing How Negative Emotions Affect Sentencing Decisions

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Jurors in capital murder trials are subjected to evidence that elicits negative emotions. Prior studies have shown that mood can influence the way information is processed when making decisions. Research suggests that anger, and not sadness, has a significant effect on punitiveness. The present study (N = 278) utilized a reenacted capital murder trial and used a PANAS to test how negative emotions impact sentencing decisions. Results suggest that negative emotions are elicited in jurors by the trial process. However, changes in hostility and moral outrage independently increased the likelihood of death verdicts (increases in sadness and fear did not).
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Chai, Christopher., Schweitzer, Kimberly., Nunez, Narina. and Myers, Bryan. "Jurors Emotional Reactions To a Capital Trial: Testing How Negative Emotions Affect Sentencing Decisions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APLS Conference, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Portland, OR., Mar 07, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p632316_index.html>

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Chai, C. , Schweitzer, K. , Nunez, N. and Myers, B. , 2013-03-07 "Jurors Emotional Reactions To a Capital Trial: Testing How Negative Emotions Affect Sentencing Decisions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APLS Conference, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Portland, OR. <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p632316_index.html

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Abstract: Jurors in capital murder trials are subjected to evidence that elicits negative emotions. Prior studies have shown that mood can influence the way information is processed when making decisions. Research suggests that anger, and not sadness, has a significant effect on punitiveness. The present study (N = 278) utilized a reenacted capital murder trial and used a PANAS to test how negative emotions impact sentencing decisions. Results suggest that negative emotions are elicited in jurors by the trial process. However, changes in hostility and moral outrage independently increased the likelihood of death verdicts (increases in sadness and fear did not).


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