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|Title:||The impact of state and trait anger on processing of evidential inconsistencies|
|Citation:||Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 2017; 24(4):594-604|
|Publisher:||Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology publications|
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