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Nick Polavin, Ph.D.

Consultant

Overview

Dr. Polavin received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan, going on to obtain a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Communication — with concentrations in Decision Psychology and Social Psychology — from the Ohio State University.  Nick’s research focuses on jurors’ information processing styles, their biases, and how they determine non-economic damages; however, he has conducted research on a number of additional topics, such as group dynamics, decision making, persuasion, and political media effects.  Nick has further experience teaching persuasion, public communication campaigns, and media and terrorism.  Prior to graduate school, Nick worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and several political campaigns.  He currently serves on the Professional Education Committee for the American Society of Trial Consultants.  At Litigation Insights, he assists with a variety of jury research services including focus group facilitation, research design development, statistical analysis, internet social searches, and supplemental juror questionnaire development.

Education

  • Ph.D., Communication, Ohio State University
  • M.A., Communication, Ohio State University
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan

Articles & Presentations

  • Polavin, N. (2019).  Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory in Jury Decision Making.  Judgment Psychology Colloquium at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
  • Polavin, N. (2018).  Promoting Juror Bias with Debiasing Messages: Specific versus General Debiasing Messages.  American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC) Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX.  [Awarded top research presentation.]
  • Polavin, N. (2018).  Persuasive Communication in Trials.  Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
  • Polavin, N. (2017).  An Exploration of Unpacking Effects in Jury Decision Making.  American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.  [Awarded top research presentation.]
  • Polavin, N., Garrett, R. K. (2017).  Effective Debiasing Messages:  Correction Over Counterarguing.  International Communication Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Polavin, N. Wang, Z. (2017).  How Atypical Communication Influences Jury Verdicts.  International Communication Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Polavin, N., Wang, Z. (2016).  Unpacking Non-Economic Damages.  National Communication Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Polavin, N. (2016).  Inaccurate Verdicts:  How decision-making fallacies and cognitive biases influence jurors.  Judgment Psychology Colloquium at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
  • Polavin, N. (2016).  Inaccurate Verdicts:  How decision-making fallacies and cognitive biases influence jurors.  School of Communication at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick, S., Polavin, N., Mothes, C. (2016).  How Being a Different American Makes you Feel Good About Yourself:  Effects on Selective Exposure to International News on Self-Regard.  International Communication Association Annual Conference, Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick, S., Mothes, C., Polavin, N. (2015).  Confirmation Bias, Ingroup Bias, and Negativity Bias in Selective Exposure to Political Information.  Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.