6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

Law360 (May 9, 2019, 12:32 PM EDT) -- The average adult’s mind wanders during 25%-50% of his or her waking hours, according to recent cognitive science.[1] Brain researchers’ definition of a wandering mind is time spent engaging in “task-unrelated thoughts,” or TUTs. 

What does a potential 50% inattention rate mean for jury trials? Although no research has precisely estimated TUT rates during jury trials, the responsibilities of jurors during trials essentially represent complex learning tasks undertaken in educational environments. The studies have shown that TUT rates can average around 35% in academic settings. In addition, the content or delivery of some lectures will lead to higher- or lower-than-average TUT rates...

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