The Persuasive Power of Forensic Animation in the Courtroom
Scott, Amanda L.
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Honors Theses; 2005
Results from this study indicate the method of evidence presentation affects relevant dimensions: understanding of evidence and sentence length recommendation. 92 undergraduate participants were presented witness testimony from a murder trial. One third of participants also viewed an animation accompanying the testimony of a key prosecution witness, while another third received still images as visual aids. We did not find significant differences between the animation condition and no-aid condition. We did, however, find significant differences between the still aid condition and no-aid condition. Further research is needed to explore the relationships between methods of evidence presentation and trial outcome.
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