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Saks asks: Does 'CSI' create smarter jurors?
Does 'CSI' create smarter jurors? Saks wanted to know
A study by law and psychology Professor Michael Saks and Nick Schweitzer, a doctoral student in psychology at ASU, was highlighted in the new edition of
ASU Research Magazine
Saks, a Faculty Fellow in the College of Law's Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology, and Schweitzer conducted empirical research on jury behavior and whether jurors are influenced by television crime dramas such as CBS' popular "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" series. After questioning dozens of ASU students, the pair concluded that respondents who watched forensic-themed crime shows were more skeptical of evidence, claimed a greater understanding of forensic science and had greater confidence in their verdicts, than those who did not.
But the study, which was published in the Spring 2007 issue of
Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology
, did not conclude that study participants were more or less likely to convict, according to the article by Diane Boudreau, managing editor and science writer for ASU's Research Publications.
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