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We tested whether inducing participants to think counterfactually about a case involving eyewitness evidence would sensitize them to variation in eyewitness evidence quality. Participants read an abbreviated transcript of a murder trial in which the quality of witnessing and identification conditions was manipulated. A counterfactual mindset induction manipulation was embedded in the defense’s closing arguments. Participants rated eyewitness evidence as weaker, and voted guilty less frequently when the witnessing and identification conditions were poor. The predicted interaction effects did not emerge.
Dario Norman Rodriguez
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"The effect of a counterfactual mindset induction on jurors’ evaluations of eyewitness evidence" (2019). Stander Symposium Posters. 1443.