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Northern Lights Conference Submission Form
Extended Submission Deadline: September 22, 2017 (11:59 pm CST)
Please send the required information via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is free for all students attending the conference. All others are required to pay the registration fee of $10 (US) which can be paid in advance or during check-in at the registration desk.
First and Last names of authors (Please list presenter first):
Title of presentation:
Abstract (150 words or less):
Preference for presentation time: AM, PM, or either:
Preference for presentation type: poster, oral, or either type:
Please include your name, e-mail, and phone number in all correspondence.
Example of submission (please follow this format):
Kimberly Nielsen, Heather Terrell, Douglas Peters, & Joseph Vacek
University of North Dakota
Expert Witnesses, Judicial Instructions, and Eyewitness Testimony
Approximately 70 percent of the first 150 people exonerated by DNA evidence were mistakenly identified by an eyewitness. The goal of this study was to investigate whether a combination of judicial instructions and expert testimony would better prepare the jury to critically evaluate eyewitness testimony. The first independent variable was expert testimony--the presence vs. absence of testimony. The second independent variable was the presence and timing of judicial instructions--judicial instructions were not included vs. included at the beginning of the trial vs. included at the end of the trial. The dependent variable was whether the participants found the defendant guilty vs. not guilty, as well as how confident they were in their decision. No significant main effects or interactions were detected. In other words, neither the inclusion of expert testimony nor the inclusion of judicial instructions served to diminish the impact of eyewitness testimony.
Preference time: either
Preference for presentation type: poster