In the present study, we (a) examined public perceptions of the insanity plea, (b) tested two training protocols designed to increase the accuracy of perceptions of the insanity plea, and (c) examined where people get information about the plea. Participants who had received accurate statistics about the plea were more accurate in their subsequent perceptions of how often the plea is used and how successful it is, as compared to participants in the control group. There was also evidence that participants get most of their information about the insanity defense from the media, and that this information is largely inaccurate.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Truelove, Ronald S.
"Dispelling Myths Regarding the Insanity Plea,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 4:
1, Article 28.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol4/iss1/28