Weapon - Jeff Mabry Speech#1 Presence of weapons 1 Intro...

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Jeff Mabry 2-13-2011 Speech #1 Presence of weapons 1 Intro Weapons have profound effects on people’s actions and mood. They can exemplify: o Authority or Conflict They can be reassuring of threatening. o Many people have severe fears of them, typically they make everyone anxious. o Movies use them to evoke emotions. Not only do they affect our mood, they affect our capability to process and receive information. 2 Pause Weapon focus: When a weapon is present people’s attention is becomes focused on that weapon. o This causes people to become less concentrated on conversation, actions, and their surroundings. Details such as facial features of a person holding a weapon are much less accurate than details of the weapon itself. o In the book Law and Human behavior it explains: When subjects of an experiment watched a mock crime. One with a weapon present and one without, later when asked about the facial features of the criminal the test group with the weapon scored substantially lower in the accuracy of those features. 3
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course COMM 1102 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Gainesville State.

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