Juror Sensitivity to the Cross-Race Effect

Jordan Abshire, Brian H. Bornstein

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Black and White mock jurors' sensitivity to the cross-race effect was investigated by varying the race of the eyewitness in a simulated murder trial of a Black defendant. Participants heard an audiotape of a trial after which they rendered a verdict and rated the credibility of the witnesses. White participants found the prosecution witnesses (including the eyewitness) more credible, and the defense witness less credible, than did Black participants; they were also more likely to find the defendant guilty. The Black eyewitness was perceived as more credible than was the White eyewitness, but eyewitness race had no effect on verdict. These results are consistent with the literature indicating that jurors of different races reach different verdicts, and also that jurors are relatively insensitive to factors that affect eyewitness testimony, such as the cross-race effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-480
Number of pages10
JournalLaw and human behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2003


  • Cross-race effect
  • Juror decision-making
  • Juror race
  • Own-race bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law


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