Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Committee Chair

Danielle Polage

Second Committee Member

R. Schaffer Claridge


The recent increase in number of crime drama television shows raises the issue that these fictional portrayals may impact real proceedings in the justice system. This phenomenon has become known as the CSI effect. This includes the concept of authority bias, by which laypeople place higher value on information provided by those that they perceive to be in positions of authority. 289 college students completed a survey comparing their likelihood to match an unknown fingerprint to a suspect’s, after actors portraying evidence technicians either confirm the match or provide no conclusion. Results showed no significant interaction between the confirmation condition and participants’ likelihood to say that the fingerprints matched.