Current Research in Social Psychology
In the current study we examined the influence of case complexity and pretrial publicity (PTP) through an information processing framework. Dual process models suggest that individuals can process information in a systematic or heuristic manner. We explored the effects of defendant PTP (negative v. positive), language complexity (moderate v. high), and image complexity (moderate v. high) on participant-jurors’ verdicts, damages, and information processing style. Results indicated participants exposed to highly complex language utilized PTP as a heuristic to determine damages. Language and image complexity interacted to predict jurors’ understanding of trial information.
Flick, C., & Platania, J. (2022). Perceptions of Case Complexity and Pre-Trial Publicity through the Lens of Information Processing. Current Research in Social Psychology, January 3, 2022.