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Knowledge

2011

Iowa State University

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Media Effects And The Criminal Justice System: An Experimental Test Of The Csi Effect, Ryan Tapscott Jan 2011

Media Effects And The Criminal Justice System: An Experimental Test Of The Csi Effect, Ryan Tapscott

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Across two studies, factors hypothesized to be involved in the CSI effect were examined. In study 1 (N = 245), a correlational design was used to determine relations between heavy crime drama viewers and their knowledge and expectations for scientific evidence. Heavy viewers were more knowledgeable about the criminal justice system and held greater expectations for scientific evidence than light crime drama viewers. In study 2 (N = 239), participants were randomly assigned to view four episodes of a crime drama, a medical drama, or no show and then complete measures of knowledge and expectations. Although no differences were found between conditions ...