Studying perceptions of juror influence in vivo: a social relations analysis

Law Hum Behav. 2000 Apr;24(2):173-86. doi: 10.1023/a:1005406902505.


Because of legal constraints and statistical limitations there has been little research on social influence in actual juries. We used Kenny's (1994) social relations model to examine jurors' perceptions of social influence in the jury. After rendering a verdict in criminal or civil court cases, jurors rated how influential each member of the jury had been and provided self-reports of their personality traits. Perceptions of influence in the jury were mostly in the eye of the beholder, with jurors high in Conscientiousness and low in Openness being most likely to report that they were personally influenced by other jurors. There were small but statistically significant levels of consensus in the ratings of how influential the jurors were. To the extent that they did agree, jurors rated extraverted, tall men as most influential.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Criminal Law*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Persuasive Communication*
  • Social Perception