Why emotions matter: expectancy violation and affective response mediate the emotional victim effect.

@article{Ask2010WhyEM,
  title={Why emotions matter: expectancy violation and affective response mediate the emotional victim effect.},
  author={Karl Ask and Sara Landstr{\"o}m},
  journal={Law and human behavior},
  year={2010},
  volume={34 5},
  pages={392-401}
}
The mechanisms behind the 'emotional victim effect' (i.e., that the emotionality of a rape victim's demeanor affects perceived credibility) are relatively unexplored. In this article, a previously neglected mechanism--observers' affective response to the victim--is proposed as an alternative to the traditional expectancy-violation account. The emotional victim effect was replicated in an experiment with a sample of police trainees (N = 189), and cognitive load was found to increase the… CONTINUE READING
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