Dr. Bryan Myers, Graduate Coordinator and Professor
My research interests are in the area of applied social psychology. More specifically, I conduct research in law and psychology as well as industrial organizational psychology. My interests in law and psychology concern jury decision making. I research such issues as how jurors regard evidence of a technical nature (e.g., polygraph evidence), as well as how they regard evidence of an emotional nature (e.g., victim impact statements). Victim impact statements, in the case of capital trials, involves information relatives of the deceased provide to the jury about how they have been harmed by the defendant’s actions. We have conducted a number of studies in this area in an effort to understand how jurors are likely to be impacted by this testimony. Another area in jury decision making I research is how attitudes jurors bring to the trial (i.e., juror bias) influence their judgments.
My research in industrial organizational psychology has generally been in the area of occupational health psychology. I have conducted research on topics such as job stress in policing, job stress and professional efficacy in substance abuse counselors, burnout and turnover in nursing home employees, and perceptions of sexual harassment.
Myers, B., Weidemann, E., & Pearce, G. (2006). Psychology weighs in on the debate surrounding victim impact statements and capital sentencing: Are emotional jurors really irrational? Federal Sentencing Reporter, 19, 13-20.
Myers, B., Latter, R., & Abdollahi-Arena, M.K. (2006). The court of public opinion: Lay perceptions of polygraph testing. Law and Human Behavior, 30, 509-523.
Myers, B., & Greene, E. (2004). The prejudicial nature of victim impact statements: Implications for capital sentencing policy. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 10 (4), 492-515.