Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award

5-2013

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Nicole Prior

Committee Members

John Whitehead, Larry Miller

Abstract

Brigham and Bothwell (1983) claimed that jurors have a scientifically incorrect view of eyewitness testimony. The purpose of this study was to examine the most beneficial way to assist the jury in dealing with eyewitness testimony. Duckworth, Kreiner, Stark-Wroblewski, and Marsh (2011) applied interactive participation in an eyewitness activity and expert testimony to a mock-jury dealing with eyewitness testimony and found that those who participated in the activity had significantly fewer convictions. The methodological framework of the Duckworth et al. study was applied to East Tennessee State University criminal justice undergraduates. Although this study did not find any significant effects in hearing expert testimony on empirical findings regarding eyewitness testimony or participating in an individual recall activity, cross tabulation frequencies indicated a directional pattern of relationship when independent variables were compared to the control group.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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Psychology Commons

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