The July

This week you have read research on the theories of group behavior and dynamics, aggression, social influence, group think, group polarization, and de-individuation. Now you will have a chance to showcase what you have learned by creating a recommendation based on this scenario about jury consultation.Your post should be approximately 500 words in length and include appropriate APA-style citations and references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. In addition to citing the assigned works you read this week, please find and cite at least two more peer-reviewed journal articles on any of the areas studied this week to support your position. These articles should be recent (published within the last 10 years).Guided Response: Review several of your colleagues’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers. In your responses, ask your fellow classmates some follow-up questions or provide suggestions.  You may want to ask them to clarify some things, identify some potential issues they may want to consider, and provide them with some suggestions regarding their recommendations. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. MST on Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post.

Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.

Scenario: The Jury

A local politician has been charged with corruption for attempting to bribe another local official in order to get his name on the mayoral ballot for the upcoming election. His attorney is concerned that jurors will not be very sympathetic to his client because they may view his behavior as a betrayal of the public trust. Therefore, the attorney has reached out to you, an applied social psychology expert, to educate him on what he should know about groups and the factors that affect their behaviors and decisions.

Based on your readings this week, please discuss the following: What is the most important thing you think the attorney needs to know about group dynamics? Define and discuss group polarization, groupthink, and social influence? How might these processes affect jury deliberations (e.g., jury decision making)? Think back to your readings on processing persuasive messages. What would you suggest to the attorney in terms of persuading the jury that his client is a trustworthy and honest person? 

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