Media influences perception of shooting victims, new study finds

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Chronicle

The public's perception about shooting victims—including what punishment their killer should get—is largely shaped by what the media says about them, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Duke and Simmons College. The study, led by Sarah Gaither from Duke and Kristin Dukes from Simmons, found that whether the media relays positive or negative information about a shooting victim affects how people assign levels of blame, empathy and punishment. Gaither, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, noted that their research is the first of its kind in examining the relationship between the type of description given and blame assigned for shooting victims.

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