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Johnson and Scott
Updated: 12/5/2018
Johnson and Scott
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Storyboard Text

  • Waiting Room
  • Argument
  • 1st Condition
  • Johnson and Scott arranged for participants to be sitting in a waiting room
  • 2nd Condition
  • Whilst they were waiting in the waiting room there was an argument in the room next door
  • Photographs
  • Man walks through holding a greasy pen (low anxiety)
  • Findings
  • 49%
  • 33%
  • Man walks through holding a bloody knife ( high anxiety)
  • Later, participants are asked to identify the man from a set of photographs
  • mean accuracy of identify the man was 49% in condition 1 (pen), dropping to 33% in condition 2 (bloody knife). Recordings of participants eye movements showed the presence of the knife caused attention to be focused on the weapon rather than the mans face.
  • Mean accuracy of identifying person carry greasy pen was higher because they eyes did not play as much attention on the pen as they did on the bloody knife
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