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
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.