Source of article ComCon - Communication Consulting.

The jurors in the Scott Peterson trial recommended the death penalty, and afterwards commented that Scott Peterson looked “cold and unemotional” during the trial. Did Scott Peterson’s demeanor affect jurors’ recommendation of a death sentence? Two recent research studies report that emotionally impassive defendants are convicted more often and punished more severely. Heath and Grannemann (2004) studied how the amount of emotion displayed by a defendant influenced conviction rates…