Monday, April 4, 2011

How Do Juries Perceive Defendants with Eyeglasses?

Are perceptions of attractiveness, intelligence and how threatening you appear to be related to whether you wear glasses?

Kind of, but it depends. Overall, Caucasian defendants were seen as more attractive, more friendly and less threatening than African American defendants. And both Caucasian and African American defendants were seen as more intelligent and less threatening when they wore eyeglasses. But when Caucasian defendants wore eyeglasses they were seen as less attractive and less friendly. However, African Americans were rated as more attractive and more friendly and less threatening with eyeglasses.

This comes from a posting on the “nerd defense” at Keene Trial Consulting. It sounds a little confusing, but the results are nuanced.


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