The Mr. Big technique on trial by jury : impressions of defendant character, confession evaluations, and verdicts

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dc.contributor.advisor Patry, Marc William
dc.coverage.spatial Canada
dc.creator Connors, Christina J.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-28T13:48:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-28T13:48:56Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.other HV8080 U5 C66 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/26626
dc.description 133 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 85-94).
dc.description.abstract Mr. Big is an undercover Canadian police technique used to elicit confessions from suspects. Undercover officers befriend the suspect, encouraging them to join a fictitious criminal organization and participate in staged crimes. Researchers have regarded the technique as highly problematic, warning that it may elicit false confessions. Additionally, when Mr. Big evidence is presented in court, it may induce juror prejudice towards the general character of defendants. The present research evaluated the influence of three variables on mock-juror decision-making: the level of violence in the operation, amount of incentives paid to the defendant, and the defendant’s intelligence. Results from Experiment 1 (N = 270) showed a reduction of guilty verdicts in the high incentive conditions. Experiment 2 (N = 1,666) results showed support for the influence of incentive and defendant intelligence on ratings of defendant character, evaluations of confession evidence, and verdicts. Significant differences were found between community and student participants on multiple outcomes. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HV8080.U5
dc.subject.lcsh Undercover operations -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Confession (Law) -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Evidence, Criminal -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Jurors -- Canada -- Decision making
dc.subject.lcsh Verdicts -- Canada
dc.title The Mr. Big technique on trial by jury : impressions of defendant character, confession evaluations, and verdicts en_CA
dc.title.alternative Mr. Big interrogation technique
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Science
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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