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: 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? 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).