Although we value ‘blind justice’, judges and juries are not blind to the physical appearance of defendants. Moreover, research shows that peoples’ facial appearance influences impressions of their honesty and judgments of their culpability, effects that have been shown to bias decisions in the courtroom. I will discuss research that documents these effects, placing them into a theoretical framework.
Leslie Zebrowitz is the Manuel Yellen Professor of Social Relations in the Department of Psychology at Brandeis University.
Stephen M. Kosslyn, Dean of Social Science and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Associate Psychologist in the Department of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital
Different brain systems are used when one produces lies in different ways, such as by fabricating lies spontaneously "on the fly" versus fabricating them on the basis of a…