Pre-Doctoral Researcher in Decision Making Science, Edinburgh Napier University

I am a decision scientist and apply decision making theories to juror decision making within my PhD at Edinburgh Napier University. Although my research is very much theory driven, it has applications to the criminal justice system. My PhD focusses on the decision making strategies and processes of jurors. I study how pre-trial biases, cognitive fallacies, and changes in the legal environment have an impact on both juror outcomes and juror processes. My research has utilised theories from psychology and mathematics in an attempt to find a model that can reliably describe the decision making processes of jurors.
My current research project looks to compare the decision making processes and outcomes of jurors in a three-verdict system (where jurors can give a guilty, a not guilty or a not proven verdict) with the Anglo-American two-verdict system (where only guilty and not guilty verdicts are available). The three-verdict system, specifically the not proven verdict, has seen quite a lot of controversy of late, with several politicians trying to remove this ‘not proven’ option.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Lee Curley, PhD student in Decision Making Science, Edinburgh Napier University

Education

  • 2014 
    Edinburgh Napier University, BSc Honours Degree in Psychology (2:1)

Publications

  • 2017
    Decision Making Process of Jurors In Factbook: Psychology and Law, European Association of Psychology and Law Student Society
  • 2017
    The Relationship between the Big 5 Personality Traits and Eyewitness Recognition, Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis
  • 2016
    Jury still out on merits of the Not Proven verdict, The Scotsman
  • 2016
    Heuristics:The good, the bad, and the biased - what value can bias have for decision-makers?, PSYPAG

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Scottish Institute of Policing Research
  • Postgraduate Forensic Psychology and Criminology Research Network
  • European Association of Psychology and Law