Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study examined the effects of juror and expert witness gender on jurors' perceptions of an expert witness. Undergraduate psychology students completed the Bern Sex Role Inventory and then read an edited trial transcript of an armed robbery case. The trial transcript contained expert testimony from a polygraph examiner. In half of the transcripts the expert was male and in the other half the expert was female. Subjects were then asked to render a verdict and answer questions about their perceptions of the witnesses and the trial. No significant effects were found in either the verdicts or the questionnaire responses regarding the expert witness's credibility. The results of this study suggest that expert witness and juror gender do not have a major effect on the jurors' perception of the expert witness. However, these results may be limited because the subjects were all university students of a similar socioeconomic stratum.
BF1 .M63 v. 1 no. 2 1993
Vondergeest, Lynelle; Honts, Charles R.; and Devitt, Mary K.
"Effects of juror and expert witness gender on jurors' perceptions of an expert witness,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 1:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol1/iss2/2