Legal Decision Making

Our research in this area has focused on a variety of extra-legal factors that may influence juror decisions, such as race and attitudinal biases. In addition, we have explored how jurors utilize testimonial evidence, including informant/snitch testimony and confession evidence, and the extent to which expert testimony can inform and improve juror decision-making. Our most recent line of research examines police decision making in the context of identifying threats or concealment of weapons.

Mindthoff, A., Evans, J. R., Perez, G., Woestehoff, S. A., Olaguez, A. P., Klemfuss, J. Z., Vallano, J. P., Woody, W. D., Normile, C. J., Scherr, K. C., Carlucci, M. E., Carol, R. N., Hayes, T., Meissner, C. A., Michael, S. W., Russano, M. B., & Stocks, E. L. (2020). Juror perceptions of intoxicated suspects’ interrogation-related behaviors. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 47, 222-246.

Mindthoff, A., Evans, J. R., Perez, G., Woestehoff, S. A., Olaguez, A. P., Klemfuss, J. Z., Normile, C. J., Scherr, K. C., Carlucci, M. E., Carol, R. N., Meissner, C. A., Michael, S. W., Russano, M. B., Stocks, E. L., Vallano, J. P., & Woody, W. D. (2018). A survey of potential jurors’ perceptions of interrogations and confessions. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 24, 430-448.

Sweet, D. M., Meissner, C. A., & Atkinson, D. (2017). Assessing law enforcement performance in behavior-based threat detection tasks involving a concealed weapon or device. Law & Human Behavior, 41, 411-421.

Woestehoff, S. A., & Meissner, C. A. (2016). Juror sensitivity to false confession risk factors: Dispositional vs. situational attributions for a confession. Law & Human Behavior, 40, 564-579.

Malpass, R. S., Ross, S. J., Meissner, C. A., & Marcon, J. L. (2009). The need for expert psychological testimony on eyewitness identification. In B. Cutler’s (Ed.), Expert testimony on the psychology of eyewitness identification (pp. 3-27). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press.

Neuschatz, J. S., Lawson, D. S., Swanner, J. K., Meissner, C. A., & Neuschatz, J. S. (2008). The effects of accomplice witnesses and jailhouse informants on jury decision making. Law & Human Behavior, 32, 137-149.

Mitchell, T. L., Haw, R. M., Pfeifer, J. E., & Meissner, C. A. (2005). Racial bias in juror decision making: A meta-analytic review of defendant treatment. Law & Human Behavior, 29, 621-637.

Meissner, C. A., Brigham, J. C., & Pfeifer, J. E. (2003). Jury nullification: The influence of judicial instruction on the relationship between attitudes and juridic decision-making. Basic & Applied Social Psychology, 25, 243-254.