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Effects of trial complexity on decision making

Horowitz, Irwin A., ForsterLee, Lynne and Brolly, Ian (1996). Effects of trial complexity on decision making. Journal of Applied Psychology,81(6):757-768.

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Title Effects of trial complexity on decision making
Author Horowitz, Irwin A.
ForsterLee, Lynne
Brolly, Ian
Journal Name Journal of Applied Psychology
Publication Date 1996
Volume Number 81
Issue Number 6
ISSN 0021-9010   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0030333058
Start Page 757
End Page 768
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher American Psychological Association
Field of Research 1701 - Psychology
Abstract The ability of a civil jury to render fair and rational decisions in complex trials has been questioned. However, the nature, dimensions, and effects of trial complexity on decision making have rarely been addressed. In this research, jury-eligible adults saw a videotape of a complex civil trial that varied in information load and complexity of the language of the witnesses. Information load and complexity differentially affected liability and compensatory decisions. An increase in the number of plaintiffs decreased blameworthiness assigned to the defendant despite contrary evidence and amount of probative evidence processed. Complex language did not affect memory but did affect jurors' ability to appropriately compensate differentially worthy plaintiffs. Jurors assigned compensatory awards commensurate with the plaintiffs' injuries only under low-load and less complex language conditions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
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