Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award


Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

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.