Honors Theses

Author(s)

Norbert Wessels

Advisor

Arthur Jipson, Ph.D.

Department

Sociology

Publication Date

4-2017

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Abstract

Considering the lack of data surrounding its influences, the current study aims to investigate the influence of identification with a geographic community on the alibi generation process. It does this by examining three questions:

  • Do geographic cues allow you to identify with an alibi generator, and therefore have bearing on the evaluation of said alibi?
  • Does identification with the alibi generator lead to stronger alibi evaluations?
  • Do the answers to the previous two questions indicate bias?

To do this, 104 students at the University of Dayton were asked to engage in an alibi evaluation scenario that judged their opinion on the strength of the alibi and their degree of identification to the alibi generator. The results confirmed that geographic indicators can increase the believability of the alibi without increasing identification with the alibi generator.

Permission Statement

This item is protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and may only be used for noncommercial, educational, and scholarly purposes

Disciplines

Demography, Population, and Ecology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology


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