Effects of Diagnosis and Evidence Type on Insanity Defense Outcomes and Juror Perceptions

@inproceedings{Bruland2017EffectsOD,
  title={Effects of Diagnosis and Evidence Type on Insanity Defense Outcomes and Juror Perceptions},
  author={Peter Andrew Bruland},
  year={2017}
}
  • Peter Andrew Bruland
  • Published 2017
Psychopathy rarely forms the basis of an insanity defense, due to its highly prejudicial nature. However, certain characterizations and types of evidence can somewhat reduce this stigma. Undergraduate participants (N = 270) in this mock trial experiment read vignettes describing a fictional murder case in which an insanity defense was raised. These vignettes varied by evidence type (neuroscientific or psychological) and by the defendant’s diagnosis (psychopathy, a brain disease, or psychosis… CONTINUE READING