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Citizen investigation : the role of emotions and need for cognition

Poppinghaus, S.R. (2020) Citizen investigation : the role of emotions and need for cognition.

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Abstract:Citizen participation is characterized by the cooperation between the police and citizen. Citizen participation rapidly grew in recent years and the next step would be to enable and encourage citizens to conduct their own criminal investigation, i.e., citizen investigation. It comes along with different benefits and risks and the police is responsible to provide appropriate guidance. To enhance the police’s support, two factors underlying someone’s engagement in a citizen investigation are explored; emotions and need for cognition. The experiment measured the influence of emotion and need for cognition on how participants chose guidelines to help them find and retrieve their stolen bike. The guidelines were divided into three different categories, i.e., useful links, information only and instructions. The effort someone has to put in using the types of guidelines increases from low to high. It was found that need for cognition influenced the number of guidelines selected, and both factors influenced the type of guidelines. Angry people more often selected a link, which provided them directly information about their stolen bike. Those high in need for cognition selected more guidelines in general and in particular more instructions. These people tend to acquire more information to fulfil their knowledge gap.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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