No Need For the Blindfold: The Influence of Perpetrator Attractiveness on Legal Decision-Making

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dc.contributor.advisor Marois, Rene
dc.contributor.author Martin, Justin W.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-03T16:51:13Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-03T16:51:13Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4045
dc.description This thesis covers the interaction of legal decision-making and attractiveness. It was completed through the Honors program in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. en_US
dc.description.abstract The idea that "justice is blind" has been called into question by some reports that attractiveness affects judgments of punishment and guilt. However, such studies are handicapped by a number of limitations, which this study attempts to correct. We used images of females that varied in ratings of facial attractiveness to study the effect of perpetrator attractiveness on punishment decisions. Male and female participants rated punishment while reading vignettes depicting various crimes, which were paired with a face image representing the perpetrator. We did not find a main effect of perpetrator attractiveness on punishment judgments. Additionally, we did not observe an interaction between attractiveness and crime type, level of criminal responsibility, or victim gender. These results support the idea that attractiveness does not influence legal punishment and, by so doing, bolster the notion that justice is truly blind. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject legal decision-making en_US
dc.subject law en_US
dc.subject attractiveness en_US
dc.subject victim gender en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cognitive psychology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Decision making en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Law -- Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Beauty, Personal -- Psychological aspects en_US
dc.title No Need For the Blindfold: The Influence of Perpetrator Attractiveness on Legal Decision-Making en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Arts & Science en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US

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