Blame Conformity: Leading Eyewitness Statements Can Influence Attributions of Blame for an Accident

Thorley, Craig and Rushton-Woods, Jayne (2013) Blame Conformity: Leading Eyewitness Statements Can Influence Attributions of Blame for an Accident. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27 (3). pp. 291-296. ISSN 0888-4080 DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.2906

Item not available from this archive. (Request a copy)

Abstract

The present experiment examined whether attributions of blame for an incident can be shifted between individuals as a result of a leading eyewitness statement. Participants watched a video of an accident involving two men and then read either a non-leading eyewitness statement that blamed no one for the accident or a leading eyewitness statement that blamed one of the two men for the accident. Participants’ attributions of blame for the accident were then assessed either immediately or after a 1 week delay. Regardless of the time delay, just over one-third of participants who read a leading statement subsequently blamed the same person as the eyewitness. In contrast, less than 4% of participants who read a non-leading statement blamed one of the men. This research is the first to demonstrate blame conformity, where blame for an incident can be shifted between individuals as a result of a leading eyewitness statement.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2013 16:12
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4784

Archive staff only

Item control page Item control page