Karen Lahm, Ph.D. (Committee Chair); Tracey Steele, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Jacqueline Bergdahl, Ph.D. (Committee Member)
Master of Arts (MA)
Building on previous legal psychology research in the areas of the CSI Effect and cultivation theory, this study explored variables related to news consumption habits and their possible impact on survey respondents’ valuation of forensic evidence. Regression models were analyzed using both sociodemographic controls and news consumption habits and preferences. Several sociodemographic controls were found to impact reliance on forensic evidence at a level of statistical significance including university affiliation category, gender identification, and experience working or interning in a criminal justice setting. Additionally, the model considering sources of news was found to relate to reliance on forensic evidence. Analysis of the correlation coefficients provided further insight into the possible relationship between variables that could be explored in future research on juror bias. Theoretical comparisons and policy implications were also discussed.
Department or Program
Applied Behavioral Science
Year Degree Awarded
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