Understanding How Jurors Award Civil Damages: A Test of Affect Control Theory

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This dissertation examines predictors of juror-determined damage awards among 377 juror eligible mock jurors. Citizens reporting for jury duty in a large metropolitan county on five days when the study was conducted were invited to participate. Scenarios were created that varied both case facts and witness emotion during trial testimony. Results indicate that Affect Control Theory can be applied to the situation of juror-determined damage awards and is helpful in scientifically explaining some of the variation of both compensatory and punitive damage awards.

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McDonald, Emily August 2004.

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This dissertation examines predictors of juror-determined damage awards among 377 juror eligible mock jurors. Citizens reporting for jury duty in a large metropolitan county on five days when the study was conducted were invited to participate. Scenarios were created that varied both case facts and witness emotion during trial testimony. Results indicate that Affect Control Theory can be applied to the situation of juror-determined damage awards and is helpful in scientifically explaining some of the variation of both compensatory and punitive damage awards.

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McDonald, Emily. Understanding How Jurors Award Civil Damages: A Test of Affect Control Theory, dissertation, August 2004; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4588/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .