January 01, 2016

Understanding Jurors' Nonverbal Communication, Part 2

Jeffrey T. Frederick

This article is the second in a two-part series from Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Third Edition, Chapter 3.

Auditory Cues: What We Hear

The second category of cues focuses on what we hear, i.e., auditory cues. There are eight auditory cues that can indicate the presence of anxiety or deception:

  • Speech disturbances
  • Vocal hesitancy
  • Rising pitch
  • Amount of speech
  • Speed of speech
  • Tone of voice
  • Tense laughter
  • Word choice

As mentioned earlier, most of these cues reflect a deviation or breakdown in the potential juror’s normal patterns of behavior—in this case, speech.

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