Video: Jury Service and Implicit Bias

We created this video in partnership with the New York State Unified Court System with the goal of addressing the potential for juror biases that are implicit — meaning unconscious and automatic — to affect outcomes in trials.

In the video, Afua Addo, Deputy Director of Programs and Training at Perception Institute and Rachel Godsil, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Perception Institute, alongside Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the State of New York, share the science explaining how our brains work that creates the risks that we will make decisions based upon implicit biases or attitudes about particular groups. Relying upon the most up-to-date research related to the judicial process compiled by Professor Jerry Kang in his primer for judges, the video also provides concrete strategies that jurors can employ to help ensure they are making decisions without relying on underlying biases or stereotypes.