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Type: Journal article
Title: The impact of state and trait anger on processing of evidential inconsistencies
Author: Semmler, C.
Hurst, J.
Citation: Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 2017; 24(4):594-604
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1321-8719
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Carolyn Semmler and Jessica Hurst
Abstract: The courtroom can be an emotional place, and these emotions may impact on a juror’s ability to process and evaluate evidence. This study investigated the effects of mock-jurors’ state and trait anger on the detection of evidential inconsistencies. Community members eligible for jury duty (N D 123) were randomly assigned to hear one of four audio trials differing in evidence consistency and emotion-inducing content. State anger increased endorsement of guilty verdicts, and angry mock-jurors were more careful processors of evidence, detecting more inconsistencies and recalling significantly more trial details. The results lend support to motivational theories of emotional influence on information processing.
Keywords: Inconsistencies; juror decision making; state anger; trait anger
Description: Published online: 01 Dec 2016
Rights: © 2016 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1258686
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