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Exploring the Existence of a “Documentary Effect”: Examination of True Crime Documentaries on Judgments of Evidence Manipulation and Perceptions of Police

Abstract Cultivation theory states that consuming television cultivates a social reality in the real world which aligns with the reality present in television. When the television show CSI was released, researchers studied a form of cultivation stemming from the show titled the "CSI Effect." One of the components of the CSI Effect is the tendency of those who watch CSI to be more likely to overestimate the presence of forensic evidence present in a trial and place more trust in such evidence. In recent years, several true crime documentaries that examined controversial cases have been released. In a similar vein of research conducted on CSI, the current study examines true crime documentaries and their possible impacts on viewers’ judgment... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Doughty, Kathryn A. (Author) / Schweitzer, Nicholas J. (Advisor) / Neal, Tess (Committee member) / Salerno, Jessica (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Law / bias / CSI Effect / documentaries / police perceptions / true crime
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 56 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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