Dr. Christina Studebaker Speaks at New York Conference on the “Future of Jury Research”

Sep 28th, 2012

Christina Studebaker, vice-president of ThemeVision LLC, was one of sixteen invited speakers at a conference on the “Future of Jury Research” that was held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on September 28-29, 2012. The conference was co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and by Law and Human Behavior (the official journal of the American Psychology-Law Society). Topics included Important Questions for Jury Researchers, Methodological Issues in Jury Research, Integrating Group and Individual Models of Jury Decision Making, and Studying Lay Participation Around the Globe. Dr. Studebaker’s presentation on “Incorporating the Perspective of Litigators Into Juror and Jury Decisionmaking Research” included a call for more social science research on issues such as identifying characteristics of effective trial stories; examining the role of emotions in juror decision making; assessing the effect of different types of demonstrative exhibits on juror memory, comprehension, and perceptions of a case; and extending research on the development of juror profiles to include attitudes and prior experiences relevant to specific types of cases. Other conference participants included Dennis Devine, Shari Diamond, Ted Eisenberg, Valerie Hans, Reid Hastie, Margaret Kovera, Steve Penrod, and Neil Vidmar. The papers presented at the conference are being compiled into an edited volume.