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Death Penalty Beliefs: How Attitudes are Shaped and Revised

Abstract Although most Americans support capital punishment, many people have misconceptions about its efficacy and administration (e.g., that capital punishment deters crime). Can correcting people’s inaccurate attitudes change their support for the death penalty? If not, are there other strategies that might shift people’s attitudes about the death penalty? Some research suggests that statistical information can correct misconceptions about polarizing topics. Yet, statistics might be irrelevant if people support capital punishment for purely retributive reasons, suggesting other argumentative strategies may be more effective. In Study 1, I compared how two different interventions shifted attitudes towards the death penalty. In Studies 2 - 4 I exam... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Miske, Olivia Anne (Author) / Schweitzer, Nicholas J (Advisor) / Horne, Zachary S (Advisor) / Salerno, Jessica M (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Psychology / Criminology / Public policy / attitude change / capital punishment / coherence / death penalty / interventions / open science
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 52 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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