Witness Appeal

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KeyStudy3:Ross et al-The impact of protective shields and videotape testimony on conviction rates.

Aim: If the use of protective shields and videotaped testimony increases the liklihood of a guilty verdict.


  • mock trail based on an actualy court transcript was set up.
  • three versions were filmed:

1.child actor gave evidence in open court

2.Behind a screen

3.via a videolink.

  • 300 psychology students equally split on gender were recruited 100 to each condition.
  • two and a half hour film of the case
  • film included the child's father(accused),the mother,two expert…


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