Honors Senior Theses/Projects
Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
Dr. Misty Weitzel
Honors Program Director
Dr. Gavin Keulks
The present study sought to determine how briefing a jury on the CSI Effect would influence the verdict. It was hypothesized that those briefed on the CSI Effect would find the defendant guilty, while those not briefed would find the defendant innocent. One hundred sixty-three undergraduate students were recruited via SONA and were compensated with course extra credit for their participation. Participants were randomly assigned to one of the three conditions (no briefing, briefing before forensic testimony, and jury instructions briefing). A one-way ANOVA test was run and no significant results were found between the three conditions, (f(162)=0.5954), n.s.. These results suggest that there is no nullification effect to briefing a jury on the CSI Effect; however, due to the many limitations of the study an effect may be present that was not found in the current study.
Mooney, Amanda M., "Nullification of The CSI Effect Through Exposure at Critical Points in The Trial Process" (2022). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 277.