Memory and Jury Deliberation: The Benefits and Costs of Collective Remembering

William Hirst, Alin Coman, Charles B. Stone

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Although psychology has intensely studied both eyewitness testimony and jury decisionmaking, there has only been minimal research on the efforts jury members make during deliberation to collectively and collaboratively remember the testimony they heard during a trial. This chapter reviews the Court's instructions to juries about the reliability of their memories and the burgeoning laboratory-based literature on collaborative remembering and the ways collaborative efforts shape subsequent memory, particularly, the collective memory of a jury. Although this research does not specifically examine the memories emerging from jury deliberation, it is suggestive. While the Courts urge jurors to trust their collective memories over their notes or written transcripts, the laboratory based research indicates that group dynamics during conversational interactions may not only lead to selective remembering, but may substantially alter what jurors remember and forget about a trial. The collective memories of juries may not be a reliable recollection of courtroom testimony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMemory and Law
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199950133
ISBN (Print)9780199920754
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Collaborative remembering
  • Collective memory
  • Juror's memory
  • Jury decisionmaking
  • Retrieval-induced forgetting
  • Social aspects of memory


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