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Been buying different products lately? Maybe you are witnessing too much immoral behavior 

March 1st, 2018|

Seriously. Kellogg Northwestern has just examined a number of research studies showing that seeing or hearing about too many scandals may result in purchase decisions made in seemingly unrelated areas. Here’s how their review starts: You’re at the grocery store, scanning your phone while walking through the aisles. An article pops up about a CEO caught embezzling millions from the employee pension fund. You shake your head in disgust, then turn your attention to which ketchup to buy. And while it seems entirely unrelated, the condiment you choose could be impacted by the news you just read. As you may

We are all stressed in the USA and it looks like politics[and the media] is to blame 

February 27th, 2018|

If you knew this already, congratulations. Your ability to perceive reality is intact. Your wisdom has been affirmed by the data. We wanted you to see some of the results from the new Stress in America survey published recently by the American Psychological Association. What is particularly of interest is that this annual survey is usually released in February of each year. When the APA saw how the results of the survey mirrored our current sociopolitical climate in the US—they released the study results early. Here are just a few of the media reactions to the report (which shows American

An update on the religious practices of African Americans 

February 22nd, 2018|

The Pew Research Center has just released a new report on the religious lives of African-Americans. Here are five facts Pew highlights in their report (which is released in celebration of Black History Month). We encourage you to read the entire report for more understanding of the differences in religious practice and affiliation between African-Americans and other ethnic groups in the United States. 79% of African-Americans self-identify as Christian. This is in comparison to 70% of Whites and 77% of Latinos in this country (as of 2014). The first predominantly Black denominations in the US were founded in the late

The Category Cluster Recall Technique: Increasing eyewitness recall

February 20th, 2018|

We hear a lot about the inaccuracy of eyewitness recall but here’s another strategy to increase eye-witness recall. An Australian researcher wanted to compare the common police interview strategy of “free recall” with a more structured interview technique that places story elements in a specific order (i.e., the Category Cluster Recall Technique). He wondered which strategy would be of more benefit in increasing accuracy and detailed information. So he showed 200 volunteers a video of a woman being mugged and then tested their memory and recall using these two different strategies. In the standard “free recall” technique, witnesses are asked

The Sapiosexual Scale: Another emerging demographic subgroup? 

February 15th, 2018|

The last time we talked about an emerging demographic group, it was the lumbersexual [usually urban-dwelling bearded men who wear flannel but are unlikely to have ever chopped wood]. And as good social scientists we of course realize that by now you are longing for another social identifier. This time our emerging demographic could be either male or female and they call themselves sapiosexuals. So what is a sapiosexual? According to the Urban Dictionary (knowledge cornerstone for all things hipster) a sapiosexual is: “One who finds the content’s of someone else’s mind to be their most attractive attribute, above and

DNA, insanity, brain imaging—an  update on all things neuroscience

February 13th, 2018|

It’s been a while since we updated the neurolaw area of the blog so we’re doing a combination post to alert you to a number of things we’ve seen coming across our desks. Think of these as things you can use to show colleagues how incredibly well-read and erudite you are while simultaneously dazzling them with your brilliance. Did your brain make you do it? Originally, this area of inquiry was frightening as some wondered if the new neuroscience defenses would dazzle jurors into excusing bad behavior because the defendant’s brain “made him do it”. As excitement over the pretty

What does religion look like in America  now? In a word—different

February 8th, 2018|

Just as we see changing demographics in America related to ethnicity (link to post on Asian and Hispanic Americans)—the American landscape with regard to religion and religious affiliation has also changed. But we still tend to think about religion in America as a matter of clumping together Catholics and Protestants and making broad generalizations about those two groups. Here are two recent surveys to remind you we just can’t do that anymore. When it comes to attitudes, values, and beliefs—Protestants are pretty diverse Gallup (another one of our favorites) published a report in September of 2017 saying that Protestants believe

Changing Demographics for US  Hispanic & Asian Populations

February 6th, 2018|

We pay close attention to the changing demographics here in the US in general and particularly in the venues that involve our client cases. We want to keep abreast of how the country as a whole is shifting but need to be aware of the demographics of each area in which we are working. We check venire demographics each time (even if it is an area we’ve worked in recently) to ensure our recruit for pretrial research matches the demographics of the area–and thus, a selection that resembles the group of citizens likely to be appear for jury duty. We

Top 10 Posts from 2017 (Part 2)

February 1st, 2018|

This is the second part of our Top 10 posts of 2017 (see the first here). Today, we present the Top 5 posts you visited most often in 2017. Post No. 5: Do you know what “vocal fry” is? We didn’t either As part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed and “up” on pop culture–we brought you this one. Now that you know what it is, it’s like an ear worm and you simply cannot stop hearing it [and here’s a tip–it’s everywhere]. Post No. 4: What will be most persuasive in your forensic expert’s testimony? Perhaps not

Top 10 Posts from 2017 (Part 1)

January 30th, 2018|

It’s always interesting to go back and see what our readers found most noteworthy during the year. In the Top 10 (presented today and on Thursday) you will see some serious posts based on research findings with application to your work. You will also see not so serious posts that have attracted your attention. Enjoy! Post No. 10: Steady eye contact can make it hard to think!  We like to reference pop culture when it’s relevant (and even when it’s not sometimes) to help you take in the lesson in the research highlighted. This one references the TV show Friends