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Jury Simulation Goals

in The Psychology of Juries: Current Knowledge and a Research Agenda for the Future (Margaret Bull Kovera, ed., Forthcoming)

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-42

33 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2014 Last revised: 11 Sep 2014

Date Written: June 13, 2014

Abstract

What are the goals that researchers who conduct jury simulations have or should have? Drawing on Pennington and Hastie (1981), we identify three primary goals: (1) develop theory, (2) describe how juries perform, and (3) improve the jury process. Where basic theory matters most, studies should be designed in ways that stress internal validity. Where describing the behaviors of real juries or persuading policy makers about changes that should be made, studies should focus on external and ecological validity as well. We urge researchers who are interested in describing jury behavior and improving the jury process to conduct ecologically valid studies. Failure to do so will restrict the impact of our research on courts and policy makers.

Keywords: Juries, Simulations, Ecological Validity

Suggested Citation

Koehler, Jonathan J. and Meixner, John B., Jury Simulation Goals (June 13, 2014). in The Psychology of Juries: Current Knowledge and a Research Agenda for the Future (Margaret Bull Kovera, ed., Forthcoming); Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 14-42. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2470632 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2470632

Jonathan Koehler (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

John Meixner

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Northwestern University - Department of Psychology

Evanston, IL
United States

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