Associate Professor Blake McKimmie
BA (Hons), PhD (UQ)
I am interested in the following areas of jury decision-making:
- The influence of gender- and ethnicity-based stereotypes on evaluations of defendants, victims, and experts, particularly how these stereotypes influence thinking about case evidence;
- The influence of different modes of evidence presentation on the evaluation of witnesses and defendants, especially in terms of comparing video presentation to other formats;
- The impact of demeanor evidence on evaluations of witness believability; the influence of jury deliberation on verdicts; and perceptions of sentencing adequacy.
I am also interested in group membership and attitude-behaviour relations, especially in relation to the role of group membership in the arousal and reduction of cognitive dissonance.
Finally I am interested in the ways in which group membership impacts on thinking about the self; this area is primarily focused on how group membership influences coping with stress.