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The effects of mock jurors’ beliefs about eyewitness performance on trial judgments


Abstract Two experiments examined how mock jurors’ beliefs about three factors known to influence eyewitness memory accuracy relate to decision-making (age of eyewitness and presence of weapon in Study 1, length of eyewitness identification decision time in Study 2). Psychology undergraduates rendered verdicts and evaluated trial participants after reading a robbery-murder trial summary that varied eyewitness age (6, 11, 42, or 74 years) and weapon presence (visible or not) in Study 1 and eyewitness decision length (2-3 or 30 seconds) in Study 2 (n=200 each). The interactions between participant belief about these variables and the manipulated variables themselves were the heart of this study. Participants’ beliefs about eyewitness age and weapon pr... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Neal, Tess M.S. / Christiansen, Ashley / Bornstein, Brian H. / Robicheaux, Timothy R.
Subject eyewitness / testimony / age / weapon focus / identification speed / juror belief
Type Text
Language English
Identifier DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2011.587815
Rights All Rights Reserved
Citation Neal, T.M.S., Christiansen, A., Bornstein, B.H., & Robicheaux, T. (2012). The effects of mock jurors’ beliefs about eyewitness performance on trial judgments. Psychology, Crime, & Law, 18, 49-64. doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2011.587815
Collaborating Institutions ASU New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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