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Title:Countering Pro-Death Penalty Attitudes
Author(s):Villalobos, Alex
Contributor(s):Todd, Nathan (Undergraduate Faculty Advisor); Boch, Brett (Undergraduate Faculty Advisor)
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):Psychology
Death penalty
Attitudes
Change
Innocent-risk
Deterrence-correction
Argument
Prison
Abstract:The death penalty has been an exigent issue in today’s prison reform efforts. In this study, we tested two methods of changing people’s minds about the death penalty to see which resulted in greater change of pro-death penalty attitudes. We tested the innocent-risk argument which asserts that there is a risk of killing an innocent person through the use of the death penalty. We also tested the deterrence-risk argument which asserts that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent. Through a randomized between-subjects design with a control condition, we found that the innocent-risk condition was more likely to decrease pro-death penalty attitudes.
Issue Date:2020
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/107757
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Alex Villalobos
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-07-09


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