Goffman on the jury: Real jurors' attention to the "offstage" of trials
Social psychologist Erving Goffman, in his classic work The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, provides a framework that explains why jurors may turn their attention at the courthouse to information not formally presented from the witness stand. We dub this "offstage observation," a type of juror behavior that has not been systematically examined empirically. Analyzing a unique data source of 50 actual jury deliberations in civil trials, we find that jurors do look to the offstage in evaluating the claims of the parties. However, in contrast to predictions, these observations played a surprisingly minor role in the jury deliberation process. © 2009 American Psychology-Law Society/Division 41 of the American Psychological Association.
Law and Human Behavior
Rose, Mary R.; Diamond, Shari Seidman; and Baker, Kimberly M., "Goffman on the jury: Real jurors' attention to the "offstage" of trials" (2010). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1467.