The effect of initial meeting context and video-mediation on jury perceptions of an eyewitness

Fullwood, Chris ORCID: 0000-0002-7714-6783, Judd, Amy Marie and Finn, Mandy (2008) The effect of initial meeting context and video-mediation on jury perceptions of an eyewitness. Internet Journal of Criminology.

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Video-mediated testimony in the courtroom has become more widespread since introduced as a method to aid vulnerable witnesses. Despite many benefits, research indicates that individuals are perceived more negatively over video links in comparison to face-to-face contact. Studies have also shown that an initial face-to-face meeting can improve subsequent person perceptions across video. The current study compared participant perceptions of an eyewitness in three conditions: face-to-face testimony, video testimony and video testimony with an initial face-to-face introduction. Results suggest that although impressions of the eyewitness were more negative when the testimony was given via video (compared with face-to-face), this did not impact upon the jurys decision to convict the accused. Furthermore, the initial face-to-face meeting did not significantly improve the jurys perceptions of the eyewitness. Video-mediated impressions may be more negative due to social distance and the attenuation of visual cues.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Chris Fullwood
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2022 10:01
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2023 10:29

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