N.B. My strong hunch is that it would be unwise in the extreme to prohibit jurors from taking notes merely because one study (see above) suggests that note taking (under certain circumstances) exacerbates the "vividness effect." Some questions:
- Does note taking improve the performance of some jurors but not others?
- Does juror discussion -- discussion of the evidence by, e.g., 12 jurors -- dissipate the vividness effect?
- Is note taking a substitute for the inability of jurors to see a full transcript of the proceedings?
A strong preference for "surprising" research results can be dangerous. See my Draft Reply to Mike Redmayne
The dynamic evidence page
It's here: the law of evidence on Spindle Law. See also this post and this post.