Forensic Psychologist Limitations

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findings of this study might not be generalizable because the study was demographically restricted. Another limitation of this study is that the conceptualization of confidence included both verbal and nonverbal behaviors (Cramer et al., 2011). Although the age range of the participants of this study was broad and their ethnic backgrounds were not very diverse, the participant pool did contain Hispanic, African American, and five participants identifying as other ethnicities. For future research, it could be helpful to consider cultural perceptions of confidence and credibility. Another limitation to this study could be the educational level of the participants. The sample does not seem to be quite random since all participants were introductory psychology students. Level of education could be another factor influencing the perception of credibility and sentencing. Strength of this study is that the witness testimony was delivered via videotape rather than a written vignette, which could be more realistic and closer to what could actually happen in a courtroom. For future studies it is suggested to make the study setting as similar to a courtroom and have the participants go through a mock session to increase the external validity of the outcomes. Additionally, choosing a more random sample from the general population …show more content…
Although both the forensic psychologists and trial consultants work in legal settings, there are factors that differentiate the two. Forensic psychologist are qualified to carry out clinical forensic examinations for defendants with a history of psychological or mental illness in order for the court to determine whether the defendant has the competency to stand trial (Roberson, 2005). Since a doctorate degree in psychology is not required for trial consultants and persons with various educational backgrounds could become trial consultants, they do

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