General Psychology Course At The University Of Massachusetts Lowell

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Method Participants The study participants were enrolled in General Psychology courses at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The participants were 121 men and women (90 males, 30 females, 1 declined to answer). All students were between the ages of 18 and 25. In addition, 2.5% (n=3) participants have not served on a jury while 97.5% (n=118) have not. Study participants received one research credit for their General Psychology course. All General Psychology students are required to earn 10 research credits during the semester in which they take the course. Materials and Measures Materials consisted of four separate surveys and an Informed Consent Document with instructions on completing the survey. The Informed Consent Document contained the purpose of the study, the procedure and duration which was estimated to be 15 to 20 minutes, potential risks and discomforts which was none beyond everyday life using the Internet, incentives/compensation, anticipated benefits to the subject or to non-subjects which was none, right to refusal or withdrawal of participation, and assurances of privacy and confidentiality. Each survey consisting of a description of a hypothetical crime in which a store was robbed by someone who stole $110 and then shot the store owner as well as his five-year-old granddaughter and they both died instantly. A summary was then presented on the survey to each participant by the prosecution and by the defense. Each survey had a prosecution summary that

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