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The Influence Of Gender And Language Complexity On The Credibility Of Expert Witness Testimony, Darcy Egan Apr 2016

The Influence Of Gender And Language Complexity On The Credibility Of Expert Witness Testimony, Darcy Egan

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With the increased use in expert witness testimony in civil trials, the decisions that jury members have made based on those testimonies have become very controversial. Previous research indicates that when a testimony is particularly complex, mock jurors will rely on cues outside the content of the testimony in order to determine the credibility of the witness. Research shows that there are different cues that are associated with higher credibility the expert. Common cues include the gender, occupation, and level of language complexity of the expert witness. This study used these three different cues as the independent variables, with two ...