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Ronald C. Dillehay

Ronald C. Dillehay

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Professor Dillehay is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology and continues interest in social psychology and law, attitude structure, function, and change, and authoritarianism. His research has focused on the following topics: media and dispositional effects on prejudgement and related responses in high and low profile cases; voir dire in death penalty cases; comprehensibility of judge's instructions used during the penalty phase of capital trials; the ability to set aside bias in evaluating others; the prevalence of and motivations underlying juror dispositions to vote automatically for the death penalty over life; methodological and conceptual considerations in the application of social psychological theory and finding to legal and other contexts.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Social Cognition

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Books:

Journal Articles:

  • Dillehay, R. C., Barry Gabier, P. J., and Dahir, V. (2000). La evolución del Jurado en los casos criminales. Una comparación psicosocial del Jurado americano y español. Psicología Política, 20, 93-122
  • Dillehay, R. C., & Sandys, M. (1996). Life under Wainwright v. Witt: Juror dispositions and death qualification. Law and Human Behavior, 20, 147-165.
  • Sandys, M., & Dillehay, R. C. (1995). First-ballot votes, predeliberation dispositions, and final verdicts in jury trials. Law and Human Behavior, 19, 175-195.

Other Publications:

  • Dillehay, R. C. (1997). El ciudadano como miembro del jurado. In F. Fariña & R. Arce (Eds.), Psicología e investigación judicial. Madrid: Fundación Universidad-Empresa.
  • Dillehay, R. C., & Nietzel, M. T. (1999). Prior jury service. In W.F. Abbott & J. Batt (Eds.), Handbook of jury research. Philadelphia, PA: American Law Institute--American Bar Association.
  • Nietzel, M. T., Dillehay, R. C., & Abbott, W. F. (1999). Legal surveys. In W.F. Abbott & J. Batt (Eds.), Handbook of jury research. Philadelphia, PA: American Law Institute--American Bar Association.
  • Dillehay, R. C. (1999). Authoritarianism and jurors. In W. F. Abbott & J. Batt (Eds.), Handbook of jury research. Philadelphia, PA: American Law Institute--American Bar Association.
  • Dillehay, R. C., & Barry-Gabier, P. J. (1999). Psychological consultation on prejudicial pretrial publicity in capital cases: Change of venue and other remedies. In American Psychological Association/American Bar Association, Psychology and Criminal Law. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Courses Taught:

  • Attitude Structure, Function and Change
  • Social Psychology and Law
  • The Social Psychology of Jurors and Juries

Ronald C. Dillehay
116 Woods Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
United States

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