Television Courtroom Broadcasting : Distraction Effects and Eye Tracking

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-12-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Are witnesses, jurors, or others in courtrooms distracted by in-court television cameras and their operators? Citing a lack of evidence one way or the other, the US Supreme Court has recommended additional research on the matter. Answering the court's recommendation, this proof-of-concept study demonstrates for the first time that eye-tracking technology can now accurately determine whether courtroom actors look at the television cameras in the courtroom and for how long. In doing so, Television Courtroom Broadcastingopens the door to a new era of research on the effects of in-court distraction.

Author Biography

Paul Lambert is a lecturer, lawyer, and writer specialising in information technology, intellectual property and media issues.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Empirical Effects Studiesp. 19
Considering Distraction Effects Researchp. 39
Effects and Courtroom Participants/Actorsp. 53
Distraction and General Research Studiesp. 69
Legal-psychology and Eye-trackingp. 87
The Eye-tracking Distraction Solutionp. 109
The First TCB Eye-tracking Demonstrationp. 127
The Judgep. 139
The Witnessp. 147
The Solicitor/Barrister/Lawyerp. 157
Location Issuesp. 165
Conclusionp. 189
Diagrams from Short Report Studyp. 197
Bibliographyp. 207
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