Melinda Pozzi Diana Mazzarella

What’s Your Evidence? The Psychological Foundations of the Evaluation of Testimony

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Given the risks of misinformation, addressees need to calibrate their trust towards communicators effectively. One way to do this is to evaluate the evidence speakers rely on (their evidential warrant) or claim to have (their evidential claims) when providing testimony. We review key findings in experimental psychology and experimental pragmatics to uncover the mechanisms underlying this form of trust calibration. This will ultimately shed light on the psychological foundations of principles that guide the evaluation of testimony in legal contexts, such as the law against hearsay


  • Epistemic Vigilance
  • Calibration
  • Trust
  • Confidence
  • Evidentiality


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