Committee Chair

Ross, David F.

Committee Member

Warren, Amye R.; O'Leary, Brian

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Adult participants were shown one of two versions of a video portraying a theft. In the transference condition the video contained a scene with the bystander. The control condition did not have the bystander, but another person in his place. In Experiment 1 participants in both conditions were shown a sequential bystander present culprit absent lineup. Transference participants were significantly more likely to misidentify the bystander as the thief than control participants, an effect that was small in magnitude when compared to previous studies. Experiment 2 used the same materials and procedures, except the bystander was replaced in the lineup with the thief. Sequential lineups decreased the rate of correct identifications when compared to previous studies that used simultaneous lineups. The results from Experiments 1 and 2 demonstrated that sequential lineups reduced the size of the unconscious transference effect, but also reduced the rate of positive identification of the thief.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2013

Subject

Witnesses; Examination of witnesses

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

ix, 45 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Included in

Psychology Commons

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