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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Conklin, Michael, Combating Arbitrary Jurisprudence by Addressing Anchoring Bias (2019). Combating Arbitrary Jurisprudence by Addressing Anchoring Bias, 97 WASH. U. L. REV. ONLINE 1 (2019)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3591825

Michael Conklin (Contact Author)

Angelo State University ( email )

2601 W. Avenue N
San Angelo, TX 76909
United States

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