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Cutler, B. L., Dexter, H. R., & Penrod, S. D. (1990). Nonadversarial methods for sensitizing jurors to eyewitness evidence. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20, 1197-1207

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Tested the effects, on juror decisionmaking, of court-appointed expert testimony and judge's instructions designed to sensitize jurors to eyewitness evidence. 144 undergraduates viewed a videotaped trial in which the primary evidence was testimony of and identification by an eyewitness. Three levels of expert advice (court-appointed expert, judge's instructions, no expert advice) were crossed with 2 levels of witnessing and identification conditions and 2 levels of witness confidence. The court-appointed expert produced skepticism toward identification but did not improve juror sensitivity to the eyewitness evidence. The judge's instructions produced neither skepticism or sensitization effects.

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