Feb 22 2010 12:30pm to Feb 22 2010 12:30pm

Whither Blind Justice? Effects of Physiognomy on Judicial Decisions

Leslie Zebrowitz, Brandeis University

Monday, February 22, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person (rsvp@cyber.harvard.edu)
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

This talk is part of The Psychology and Economics of Trust and Honesty speaker series, led by Berkman Fellow Judith Donath and hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Law Lab. For more related to Zebrowitz's talk, see this page.

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. 

About Leslie

Leslie Zebrowitz is the Manuel Yellen Professor of Social Relations in the Department of Psychology at Brandeis University.


Berkman Center for Internet and Society
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