The impact of trivial details and interrogation pressure on jurors' evaluations of retracted confessions

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dc.contributor.advisor Holtgraves, Thomas en_US
dc.contributor.author Warner, Todd C. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:41:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:41:30Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2007 .W37 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188357
dc.description.abstract The present study examined jurors' evaluations of retracted confessions as a function of the amount of trivial detail within the confession and level of interrogation pressure. Participants in the experimental conditions read a transcript of a murder trial involving a suspect who confessed in a high-pressure or low-pressure situation and provided either a high or low amount of detail. A no-confession control version, in which the suspect denied all allegations against him, was also included in the study. Although one analysis suggested that a high-amount of detail within the confession might make it more likely that jurors would give higher estimates of guilt, it did not lead jurors to give more guilty verdicts. In contrast to previous findings, the presence of a confession did not make it more likely that a juror would render a guilty verdict or give higher estimates of guilt, as no difference was found between the experimental groups and the control group.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Psychological Science
dc.format.extent 64 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Confession (Law) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Police questioning. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Jurors -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.title The impact of trivial details and interrogation pressure on jurors' evaluations of retracted confessions en_US
dc.title.alternative Retracted confessions en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1365526 en_US


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