Date of Award

1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

College/School

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department/Program

Psychology

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Jason Dickinson

Committee Member

Anthony D’Urso

Committee Member

Peter Vietze

Subject(s)

Perception, Composition (Photography), Prejudices

Abstract

Police departments are increasingly videotaping lineup identifications with eyewitnesses. This study investigated the effects of videotaping lineups on mock-juror perceptions of eyewitness evidence. Seventy-five participants watched a video depicting a lineup between an investigator and a witness and subsequently answered questions designed to measure their perceptions of the witness, the investigator, and the lineup. Two variables were manipulated. Participants watched a videotaped lineup that did or did not depict investigator bias, and participants watched the lineup from one of three camera angles: witness focus, investigator focus, or equal focus. The results of this study provided strong evidence that mock jurors are adept at detecting investigator bias when they see it, regardless of the camera angle. Implications for recording eyewitness evidence are discussed.

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Psychology Commons

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