Combating Arbitrary Jurisprudence by Addressing Anchoring Bias
Combating Arbitrary Jurisprudence by Addressing Anchoring Bias, 97 WASH. U. L. REV. ONLINE 1 (2019).
7 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2020
Date Written: 2019
Anchoring is a powerful behavioral bias that significantly affects decisions. Numerous studies have shown that juries and even judges are susceptible to its effects. This article contributes to the existing research by measuring how even subtle, irrelevant anchors in the legal system affect decisions, thus filling a gap in the literature in this area. Additionally, the article proposes potential solutions to combat anchoring effects, with the goal of providing more equality in legal outcomes.
Keywords: cognitive bias, anchoring bias, anchoring effect, jury decision making, irrelevant anchors, considering the opposite
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