Date of Graduation

12-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Psychological Science

Advisor

James M. Lampinen

Committee Member

Scott Eidelman

Second Committee Member

Denise Beike

Keywords

Psychology; Creepiness; Dangerousness; Face perception; Interpersonal perception; Sexual offenders; Social cognition

Abstract

The present research expands understanding of the phenomenon of accurate identification of sexually dangerous men. Study 1 was designed to examine the influence of experience on accuracy of perceptions of sexual dangerousness. Receiving feedback about test trials increased accuracy on future trials at a marginally significant level. Study 2 was designed to determine the importance of specific facial features on these judgments. This study, however, failed to replicate the findings from the first study. Implications for Study 1, as well as possible explanations for Study 2 are discussed.

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