The situation of the jury: attribution bias in the trials of accused serial killers

Mark Alfano*

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSerial killers
Subtitle of host publicationphilosophy for everyone: being and killing
EditorsS. Waller
PublisherWiley-Blackwell, Wiley
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781405199636
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Experimental philosopher, Joshua Knobe-that the good or bad consequences of an action influence our decisions
  • Infamous situationist experiment-Phillip Zimbardo's Stanford Prison simulation
  • People in feeling the emotion of disgust-someone's actions as blameworthy or punishable
  • Pretrial media coverage-source of bias, influencing jurors' determination of who performed an action
  • Racial and ethnic minorities-convicted of crimes they did not commit or were not proved to commit
  • Situation of the jury-attribution bias in trials of accused serial killers
  • Situationism and destructive behavior-situational variables on human thought and human behavior
  • Situationist tradition, study of attribution biases-distortions of process of event
  • Unconscious biases, influencing decisions-whether an event is an action or a mere event
  • Unconscious situational influences on judgment

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