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Eyewitness Confidence Influences Participant-Detectives’ Perceptions of Accuracy

Poster Session VI - Board: VI-084
Saturday, May 23, 2009, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Kimberley A. McClure
Western Illinois University

Zabrina M. Coontz
Western Illinois University

Confident eyewitnesses influence jurors’ verdicts regardless of the veracity of the testimony. However, it is unclear how witness confidence influences detectives in the course of an investigation. Two studies tested the effects of witness confidence on participant-detectives' perceptions of accuracy. Participant-detectives perceived witnesses as more accurate when they expressed confidence.

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