Jurors’ Responses to Expert Witness Testimony: The Effects of Gender Stereotypes

McKimmie, Blake M., Newton, Cameron J., Terry, Deborah J., & Schuller, Regina A. (2004) Jurors’ Responses to Expert Witness Testimony: The Effects of Gender Stereotypes. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 7(2), pp. 131-143.

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The present study investigated whether the impact of expert testimony was influenced by the congruency between the gender of the expert and the gender orientation of the case. Participants (N = 62) read a trial transcript involving a price-fixing allegation in either a male or female oriented domain. Within the case, the gender of the expert was manipulated. As predicted, the impact of the expert (e.g. damage awards) was greater when the gender of the expert and domain of the case were congruent as opposed to incongruent. Results also indicated that the impact of gender-domain congruency was particularly pronounced following group discussion. In addition, there was evidence that this effect was mediated through participants’ evaluations of the expert witness.

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ID Code: 1636
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: expert testimony, stereotypes, gender, schemas, expert witnesses, jurors, juries
DOI: 10.1177/1368430204043724
ISSN: 1368-4302
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:24

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