Witness Appeal - Witness Confidence, Penrod and Cutler

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Aim
To examine several factors, including confidence, jurors might consider when evaluating Eye wtiness evidence.
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Procedure
Participants were shown a videotape of a robbery. there were 10 IVs, one of which was witness confidence. Eyewitness identification was key to the trial; the witness testified she was either 100/80% confident that she correctly identified the robber.
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Results
the more confident the witness was, the more likely the jury were to believe them and reach a guilty verdict. There was 67% guilty verdict when the witness was 100% confident compared to 60% when the witness was 80% confident.
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Conclusion
Witness confidence plays a role in jurors believing the witness.
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Background
Giving evidence in Court is a nerve-wracking experience, and sometimes witnesses appear nervous and hesitate when answering questions. However, jurors may perceive this as being unsure or lying, therefore may not believe them.
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Background #2
Research have shown that when a witness appears confident, jurors tend to have more confidence in what they hear and therefore in their verdict.
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Participants were shown a videotape of a robbery. there were 10 IVs, one of which was witness confidence. Eyewitness identification was key to the trial; the witness testified she was either 100/80% confident that she correctly identified the robber.

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