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Title Effects of Mortality Salience on the Verdict and Sentencing Decisions of a Defendant with Facial Tattoos
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Degree MA
Discipline/Department Psychology
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher Marietta College
Abstract Terror management theory (TMT) posits that the awareness of one’s inevitable mortality creates incapacitating terror and anxiety in humans resulting in increased adherence to the cultural worldview. The current study draws upon TMT and examines the effects of mortality salience (MS) on verdict and sentencing decisions of a defendant with facial tattoos. It was predicted that MS participants exposed to the tattooed defendant would be more likely to choose the guilty verdict, rate the defendant more guilty and less innocent, and recommend harsher punishments compared to other groups. The data did not support the hypotheses. However, a significant interaction between MS induction and facial tattoos for ratings of recommended fine severity was found. Implications for future research are discussed.
Subjects/Keywords Psychology; Defendant; TATTOOS; Effects of Mortality; Facial Tattoos; MS induction; Mortality; recommended fine
Contributors Sibicky, Mark (Committee Chair)
Language en
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Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2016-12-22
Grantor Marietta College

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