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The Science of Marriage – More Scrutiny of Human Behavior

A new study suggests objective ways to measure the likelihood of a successful marriage. One of the points is that people may vocalize one thing (we will be very happy) but other reactions may more accurately predict the outcome. While of course one study does not mean the findings are correct, it is interesting to note the increasing scientific attention to human behavior. And some day we will see even more of this science make its way into jury selection and into arguments about biased jurors. Perhaps some day juror questionnaires will be followed by objective testing on some subject relevant to a trial?

K. McNulty, M. A. Olson, A. L. Meltzer, M. J. Shaffer. Though They May Be Unaware, Newlyweds Implicitly Know Whether Their Marriage Will Be Satisfying. Science, 2013; 342 (6162): 1119 DOI: 10.1126/science.1243140

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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”

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