Presentation Title

Confirmation Bias in Police Decision Making

Presentation Type

Poster

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Skye Woestehoff, Psychology

Major

Psychology

Presentation Abstract

Confirmation bias is the phenomenon in which individuals seek and interpret information that confirms their existing beliefs. Police investigators can experience confirmation bias in the form of a guilt bias. This occurs when Investigators believe a suspect is guilty and seek evidence that confirms the suspect is guilty. The present study investigated the factors that may influence confirmation bias such as years of investigator experience and eye-witness confirmatory evidence.

Location

Poster Session 1

Start Date

21-4-2021 12:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2021 2:00 PM

Disciplines

Psychology

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Confirmation Bias in Police Decision Making

Poster Session 1

Confirmation bias is the phenomenon in which individuals seek and interpret information that confirms their existing beliefs. Police investigators can experience confirmation bias in the form of a guilt bias. This occurs when Investigators believe a suspect is guilty and seek evidence that confirms the suspect is guilty. The present study investigated the factors that may influence confirmation bias such as years of investigator experience and eye-witness confirmatory evidence.

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