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Unformatted text preview: 1 Psychology 151 5/27/2009 Chapter 16: Chapter 16: Chapter 16: Chapter 16: Social Psychology & the Law Social Psychology & the Law Social Psychology & the Law Social Psychology & the Law Applied Social Psychology Social psychological theories & methods can be used to address social issues & problems. Basic research : deals primarily w/ theoretical issues. Applied research : primarily addresses specific real-world problems. EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY www.innocenceproject.org 238 cases in which DNA evidence exonerated someone. 12 years in prison In 75%+ of these cases, the conviction was based on faulty eyewitness identification. Unfortunately, jurors tend to overestimate the accuracy of eyewitnesses. 77,000 people per year charged w/ crimes based solely on eyewitness testimony (Goldstein et al., 1989) Lindsay et al (1981): Ps witness theft; Testimony videotaped IV: Viewing conditions (12-20 s, cap) DVs: Eyewitness accuracy, Jurors believing testimony Why Are Eyewitnesses Often Wrong?...
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This note was uploaded on 07/16/2009 for the course PSC 151 taught by Professor Pickett during the Spring '07 term at UC Davis.
- Spring '07