Review several of your colleagues posts and respond to at least two of your peers

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. The attorney needs to understand that, “a large group performing a distinctive task theoretically do well, because it is most competent member should be quite talented indeed”. When competent people are working in groups that is a good chance they can outperform or interact and support other members of the group. The group needs to show positivity and be able to work together to form a conclusion, in regards to this scenario, the most truthful decision needs to be made collectively. I believe with a positive group it will be noticeable that the group has more creative and collective ideas and representations. Group Polarization, “the tendency to settle on a riskier or more conservative position after group discussions- often is described as if it were an assembly effect”. This is where a group of people, in this case a jury, have to deal with the same situation at hand, and at some point there may be a change in attitude as the case progresses. Thus any changes can make the groups attitude change as well. Groupthink, “documents just how wrong groups can be in making highly consequential decisions”. With this case, it can make a very large difference in the outcome of the trial in that, this can mean faulty or incorrect decisions are made and the pressures to come to a decision can affect ones clear thoughts and judgement. Social influence is the persuasion or a change in behavior that one can have on someone else. This can be stressful in a court case scenario in that everyone may be trying to persuade the one jury that has a different opinion as all the others, just to have the trial be done. Some people may fall in to conformity of just changing to be more like others. In this case to go along with everyone else. “Studies of social influence have demonstrated people’s tendency to conform in a wide range of circumstances”. Each of these can make it difficult in jury selection because some people can be easily persuaded or because they may have been deliberating the case for so many hours or even days, they are tired and want it to be over so they just decide to go along with everyone else regardless of their morals and true feelings and opinions. I think persuading the jury that the client is trustworthy and honest may be difficult because the way he was presented was not in a positive manner. I would consider social influence as it can, be effective if used correctly. We want the jury to make sound judgements and impact influence on themselves. This can help the jury come together and be able to come to a decision. A juror may decide to comply with the information given even though they may not completely agree. If the attorney has valid information and data he may be able to persuade the jury that he is really a great and honest person. Social influence can either be intentional or unintentional. Pronin, E., Berger, J., Molouki, S. (2007). Alone in a Crowd of Sheep: Asymmetric Perceptions of Conformity and Their Roots in an Introspection Illusion. American Psychological Association, Inc. 92(4), 585. Retrieved from Hackman, J.R., Katz, N. (2010). Group Behavior and Performance. In S.T. Fiske, D.T. Gilbert, G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of Social Psychology (5th ed.). Vol. 2, pp.1208-1251). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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