Lecture 12 - Law

Lecture 12 - Law - Social Psychology Lecture 12 Social...

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Social Psychology Lecture 12 Social Psychology and Law Courtroom trials o 2 factors influence attitudes of jurors: Police questioning of witnesses and suspects -have to be consistent in trial f Media presentation of case Police interrogation -may not always be motivated by justice f Inquisitorial approach -> search for the truth f Adversarial approach -> seek to prove guilty to get a confession f Bias in interrogation -suspect may become agitated and confused -may confess (false confession) -Jurors tend to accept these confessions -leading questions may lead to false confessions -“see the dent in car” ->leading question -“see a dent in car” Avoiding false confessions under duress o Videotape all interrogations allows jury to judge accuracy of confessions f Problem: juries judge confessions as true and voluntary -focus is on defendant and not on everything else that may be going on o Study: camera focused on either suspect only or suspect and interrogator -1/2 saw only on suspect -> harsher punishment -1/2 saw suspect and interrogator f Location of interrogations
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