Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Psychology

Reader 1

Jennifer Groscup

Reader 2

Judith LeMaster

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© 2013 Holly J. Underhill

Abstract

Attitudes of guilt, deserved punishment, and character of terrorists and mass murderers are examined in a hypothetical written scenario of a murder involving several casualties. The researcher hypothesizes that terrorists will be given harsher punishments. It is also hypothesized that White suspects will receive the least harsh punishments compared to the other suspects. The researcher also hypothesized that terrorists would be found guiltier than mass murderers. Results found that there were no significant differences in the punishments given to terrorists and mass murderers or between the races of the suspects. Results show no significant differences in the levels of guilt assigned by participants. Limitations and future research suggestions are discussed.

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