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Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged courts to implement practices that protect the health of both the administrators and consumers of justice during in-person proceedings, such as requiring the use of facemasks. Masks introduce interesting new questions for justice professionals. For example, what are potential jurors perceptions about masks' impact on communication? A survey of MTurk™ workers (N = 177) revealed respondents had a modest belief that masks could interfere with communication across actors, including the ability to understand information and assess “truth” in interactions. Respondents who were Native American, older, Catholic, Republican, and/or conservative tended to believe more strongly that masks interfere with communication. Implications of these findings for practice and future research are presented.
Shawn C. Marsh, S.C., Miller, M.K., Kirshenbaum, J.M. (2022). Potential Juror's Perceptions of Communication in Masks [Electronic Version]. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 16(2), 242-257.
Keywords: masks, communication, jurors, courts, pandemic
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