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Impact of empathy in eyewitness testimony

14 May 2020

This study seeks to explore if empathy plays a role in the way eyewitnesses recall a violent crime and whether empathy is associated with perceptions of the death penalty in cases of murder.
The study involves watching two videos of murders caught on CCTV. Although the videos present minimal physical violence, they could potentially cause emotional distress during or after watching them (e.g. a weapon could be shown).


Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the University of Southampton Ethics and Research Governance committee on May 13th 2020

About the researcher

Hello everyone! I am a third-year Criminology and Psychology undergraduate student who is conducting this project as part of the education qualification. This study aims to explore the way eyewitnesses recall a violent crime and perceptions of punishment in cases of murder.

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