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By Lawrence S. Wrightsman

within the mid-1970s, as a social psychologist devoted to the applying of knowl­ area, I welcomed our field's rising curiosity within the felony approach. i've got al­ methods been fascinated with jury trials-something concerning the concept that con­ ceptions of the reality have been in irrevocable clash and jurors may possibly decide upon just one of them. extra vital, the felony justice process is a big social strength that has been neglected through social psychologists for many of the 20th century. As I systematically started to discover the functions of social psycho­ logical techniques to the legislations twenty years in the past, I skilled the satisfaction of discovery just like that of a kid less than a Christmas tree. it's been enjoyable to be one of the cohort of researchers who've studied the criminal procedure, specially trial juries, from a mental standpoint. i think we've got discovered a lot that will be precious if the method have been to be revised. Hlf the approach have been to be revised" . . . there is the rub. As i've got acknowledged, my unique motivation used to be the appliance of information. Like different social scien­ tists, I believed-perhaps arrogantly-that the result of our study efforts might be used to make trial juries function with extra potency, accuracy, and pride. Qver the final 20 years, a lot wisdom has gathered. How do we positioned this information to paintings? Judges are the gatekeepers of the felony system.

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