They then had the students assign a prison term for each case. Jurors may be influenced by the mannerisms of criminals and victims. They repeated the studies a few times with variations and received similar results.
Attractive and unattractive criminals were found guilty at equal rates.
When an attractive person is directly compared to an unattractive person, the attractive person is seen as more attractive and the unattractive person is seen as less attractive. There is a silver-lining here.Simulated juries miss many of the characteristics found in real court cases. It was hypothesised that the attractive defendant used her attractiveness in the swindle case, and the jurors held this with disapproval. Kulka and Joan B. However, this is not supported. Here are a few: The relationship of attractiveness to litigation processes may be of four basic types. It seems that rapid thinking makes one susceptible to such psychological distortions. We perceive attractive people as: more intelligent; more socially skilled; possessing more socially desirable qualities; more appealing personalities; more likely to generally succeed; more altruistic; and more moral.
Therefore when a crime is committed it is easier to place blame on a defendant who most fits that stereotype of the crime. Shepherd, Sandra L. Felonies: Curiously, felony fines had no correlation with the attractiveness of the criminal.
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