Pennington, N. and Hastie, R., (1988) – ‘Explanation-based decision making: effects on memory structure on judgement’, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning and Memory and Cognition 14 (3), 521-33.
This is the first study we will be looking at from Reaching Verdict and Persuading a Jury, as part of your OCR A2 Forensic Psychology course. It is further categorised into ‘order-effects/story order/witness order.’
Reaching a verdict and Persuading a Jury consider the legal system. This study specifically covers court hearings.
In the United Kingdom the final verdict in criminal trials is made by a jury of 12 citizens randomly selected from the voting register, which upon turning 18 all UK citizens are added to. Prisoners and people diagnosed with mental illnesses are not allowed to serve on juries.