That’s the guy! : the impact of eyewitnesses’ prejudice on the composite production of perpetrators’ faces

Bentlage, J. (2015) That’s the guy! : the impact of eyewitnesses’ prejudice on the composite production of perpetrators’ faces.

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Abstract:Eyewitness misidentifications are the main reason for wrongful convictions. Most victims of judicial errors belong to minority groups. This study consists of two parts. In Study 1 participants completed an implicit association test to measure their level of prejudice. Thereafter, they constructed composites of either an in-group or an out-group perpetrator using the reverse-correlation image classification technique (N = 21). In a follow-up study those produced pictures were rated by independent individuals (N = 116) to measure their level of psychological valence. It was expected that pictures of out-group faces produced by participants with high level of prejudice would be rated as more negative looking. Results showed that highly prejudiced participants produced more negative looking stimuli for both the in-group and for out-group faces. These findings counteract the hypothesis that the effect of prejudice would only be observable for out-group faces. Recommendations for further research are suggested.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68296
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