SIGALL and OSTROVE

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CRIME
SIGALL and OSTROVE ­ ATTRACTIVENESS and JURY
AIM ­ to investigate whether attractiveness of the defendant affects the jury's verdict and whether
there was a relationship between attractiveness and type of crime committed
DESIGN ­ Independent Measures Design
Lab study
IV ­ attractiveness of the defendant
DV ­ whether the defendant is found guilty or not guilty
PROCEDURE
120 participants
Split into 6 groups
Given picture of Barbara and type of crime
Had to rate how attractive Barbara was to make sure that the participants agreed which
photograph was the attractive and nonattractive
1 ­ attractive ­ burglary
2 ­ unattractive ­ burglary
3 ­ no photo ­ burglary
4 ­ attractive ­ fraud
5 ­ unattractive ­ fraud
6 ­ no photo fraud
RESULTS
Unattractive and no photo, gave similar sentence for both crime
Attractive had longer for fraud and less for burglary
Unattractive had longer for burglary and less for fraud
CONCLUSION
Highlights importance of looks on jury
Good looking people do get away with crime but if they have used their looks then they are less
likely to get away with it

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CRIME
EVALUATION
Strength Weakness
Good control ­ same instructions, case and Low ecological validity ­ jury group are too big
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