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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

2

Number

2

Page Numbers

pages 47-51

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

1994

Abstract

The present study investigated the perceived credibility of an eyewitness as a function of the grammar he uses on the stand, as well as the way in which his testimony is presented (written or videotaped format) to mock jurors. Fifty students, 19 males and 31 females, from Kutztown University participated in the study. Ages of the subjects ranged from 18 to 42 with a mean age of 21.94. Subjects were asked to read an exchange of dialogue between two lawyers, a defendant, and a plaintiff. Dialogue was taken, in part, from Levy (1950). Subjects either read or watched a videotape of an eyewitness who used either correct or incorrect grammar on the stand, according to condition. Significant main effects were found for grammar (p<.05) with higher credibility ratings being awarded to an eyewitness who used correct grammar on the stand.

Subject

Psychology--Periodicals

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

5 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 2 no. 2 1994

Rights

Under copyright.

Included in

Psychology Commons

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