Organizational Behavior Exhibited in the Movie 12 Angry Men
Juror #8 did not subscribe to the ideas of groupthink. He held on to his beliefs and persuaded the other jurors that the suspect was not guilty which allowed him to be set free.“Groupthink, is a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment” (p. 9).
The judge reminded the jury before the 12 men adjourned, that they have listened to the testimony and have had the law read to them. The Judge was very clear on one hand and yet ambiguous in another. We only have the basic instructions as defined by law, the movie did not show the entire trial. The law itself is very dry, black, and white. While it gives room for interpretation, the Judge 's instructions are black and white.
It is up to the jurors to try to decipher the facts from the fancy. Fancy is legalizing for the information twisted and manipulated by the lawyers in t...
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...eam to do what is right by analyzing all of the facts. The group should have an outside opinion in order to have a biased opinion on the matter. This should help prevent groupthink.
Bornstein & Greene stated: Jury trials play a centrally important role in the law, and they are of interest to psychologists. The manner in which individual jurors perceive, interpret, and remember evidence, as well as the group processes involved in jury deliberation, can be described in terms of fundamental cognitive and social psychological concepts. Juries provide a real-world laboratory for examining theoretical issues related to reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making, attribution, stereotyping, persuasion, and group behavior. Conversely, psychological research can inform trial procedures, enabling juries to benefit from fairer procedures and reach better outcomes (p.63).
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