30 - Social Psych And the Legal System Legal system comprises actors o Criminals o Victims o Witnesses o Police o Judges o Attorneys o Social

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11/30/10 Social Psych And the Legal System Legal system comprises actors o Criminals o Victims o Witnesses o Police o Judges o Attorneys o Social psychological perspectives and research techniques Eyewitness Testimony o 1996 Dept. of Justice examination of DNA exonerations cases 28 cases 9 months- 12 years in prison All involved an eyewitness Some involved alibis from friends/family o Compelling o Responsible for most wrongful convictions than any other reason o Loftus (1974) Mock jurors Description of grocery store robbery Summary of evidence and arguments presented at trial IV- no eyewitness (18%), eyewitness (72%), discredited eyewitness (68%) DV- convictions o Findings Even though eyewitness is discredited conviction rate is nearly the same as with an eye witness Estimator vs. System Variables o Wells (1978) o Estimator variables Estimated pos hoc Foggy day o System variables Controlled by the system Questions asked by police
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course PSYC 315 taught by Professor Kim during the Fall '10 term at Texas A&M.

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30 - Social Psych And the Legal System Legal system comprises actors o Criminals o Victims o Witnesses o Police o Judges o Attorneys o Social

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