Juror’s Perception of a Defendant’s Culpability and Traits
Before you decide to take part in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with friends or relatives if you wish. Email us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.
This is a study to investigate juries' perceptions of a defendant’s facial appearance and culpability for committing an offence. We are attempting to understand more about the effectiveness of juries in making judgements of a defendant’s culpability in the courtroom. Our results may eventually be published in a scientific journal and may also be reported at scientific meetings.
To take part in this study you must be 18 to 70 years old, have been a resident in the United Kingdom for at least five years, be registered to vote, and have never been sentenced by a judge.
Participation in the study is entirely voluntary. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to participate, we ask you to complete a consent form, but you will still be free to withdraw from the study at any time. If you decide not to take part, or to withdraw, you do not have to give a reason for doing so. After completing the consent form, you will read a case summary describing a crime. You will then be shown photographs of different faces of defendants and asked to rate whether each defendant is guilty or not guilty of committing the offence and how confident you are about your verdict. You will also be asked to provide some demographic information.
Upon completion of the study we will inform you in more detail about the hypotheses we are testing, and you will be given contact details for the researchers for you to use if you have any questions.
You will not receive reimbursement for participating.
Length of Study
The study will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
All data collected in this study will be anonymised. There is no record that links the data collected from you with personal data from which you could be identified. Upon completion of the experiment we ask you to give consent to include your data in further analyses. You are free to withdraw your data from the study at that point. Once you have given consent, we cannot withdraw your data at a later stage because of the anonymised nature of the study.
If you have any questions at any time about the study, please do not hesitate to contact Tiegan Cormie, email: email@example.com.
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