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Law Hum Behav DOI 10.1007/s10979-008-9151-y ORIGINAL ARTICLE Investigating Investigators: How Presentation Order Influences Participant–Investigators ’ Interpretations of Eyewitness Identification and Alibi Evidence

By D. Stephen Lindsay and L. C. Dahl


Abstract Presentation order of ID and Alibi evidence was manipulated for undergraduate participants who conducted a simulated police investigation. Experiment 1 found a recency effect when an eyewitness rejected the investigator’s suspect. Experiment 2 also examined order effects, exploring how participant–investigators evaluated alibi information in addition to eyewitness ID information. When investigators saw the witness identify the suspect but also received a strong alibi for that suspect a recency effect occurred, such that whichever piece of information occurred at the end of the procedure had the strongest impact on investigators. Thus, type of evidence and evidence order both had a dramatic influence on participant–investigators ’ decisions

Year: 2013
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