Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Perception, Composition (Photography), Prejudices
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.
Gaudios, April Roll, "The Effect of Camera Angle and Investigator Bias on Perceptions of Eyewitness Evidence" (2014). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 420.