The effects of prebriefing misinformed research participants on their attributions of responsibility

Richard L. Wiener, Patricia V. Erker

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Participants read standard informed consent statements. Half of the participants, the prebriefed group, read statements alerting them to the possibility that they might be intentionally misinformed. All participants then read a series of arguments summarizing the transcripts of an actual rape trial and rated the extent of defendant and complainant responsabilites. Half of the participants were misinformed concerning the correct outcome of the trial. Although the defendant was actually convicted, half of the participants were told before they read the summaries that the verdict was guilty, and half were told that it was not guilty. Attributions of responsibility and evaluations of culpability were compared to measure the effects of prebriefing. Effects found for the verdict manipulation were unaffected by the prebriefing information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-410
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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