Mizzou PSYCH 2310 - Social psychology in the courts (3 pages)

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Does the legal system work in our country and how can social psychology help?


Lecture number:
22
Pages:
3
Type:
Lecture Note
School:
University of Missouri
Course:
Psych 2310 - Social Psychology
Edition:
1

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Psych 2310 1st Edition Lecture 22 Outline of Last Lecture I Consequences II Solutions III Dark side IV Positive side Outline of Current Lecture I Does our legal system work II How can we fix it III Problems with the jury Current Lecture I Does our legal system work a Unreliable eyewitnesses identifying perpetrators i Confidence in testimony does not mean increased accuracy b There can be big contradictions in different bystander descriptions of events i They may not encode event correctly 1 Stress 2 Out group bias 3 Attention to wrong details These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute ii Leading questions can distort retrieval of the memory misinformation effect iii Intervening feedback can distort confidence iv They may have a good reason to lie v Can t tell when they are wrong II How can we fix it a Educate jurors b Don t let lawyers use leading questions c Educate jurors to underweight personal testimonies d Run lineups like a controlled experiment e Give a lineup without suspect in it f III Make sure police doesn t say culprit is in the lineup Problems with the jury a Groupthink conformity b In admissible testimony can t be ignored c Attractive defendants more likely to be acquitted i Don t let them see defendant d People who are similar to jury more likely to be acquitted i Pick a jury that is representative of the population e Jury can t understand remember all information told to them i Educate jury on complex issues



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