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Threshold point utilisation in juror decision-making
  The current research aimed to identify whether a model of juror decision making (i.e. the threshold model) that encompasses both rational and intuitive decision making exists. Sixty participants were selected who would be eligible for jury duty in Scotland. These individuals read nine vignettes and rated the evidence of each vignette separately by placing the evidence in either a guilty, not guilty or not proven (a verdict type specific to Scotland) counter. Participants were asked after each piece of information to state how likely they thought the suspect was of being guilty on a scale from 1 to 100. The data were best described using a flexible model (i.e., a diffusion model) that allowed for information integration. Future research should examine whether or not the diffusion model can explain cognitive fallacies, such as confirmation bias, commonly studied in decision science.

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    05 December 2018

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    K Law

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    340 Law

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded; The McGlashan Charitable Trust; the East Lothian Educational Trust


Curley, L. J., MacLean, R., Murray, J., Pollock, A. C., & Laybourn, P. (2019). Threshold point utilisation in juror decision-making. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 26(1), 110-128.



Jurors, Decision Making, Stopping Rule, Information Integration, Heuristics, cue utilisation, Law, Psychology, Court Room, Not Proven Verdict.

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