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Advancing legal literacy: the effect of listenability on the comprehension of interrogation rights

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  • Brent Snook
  • Kirk Luther
  • Joseph Eastwood
  • Ryan Collins
  • Sarah Evans
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/02/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Legal and Criminological Psychology
Issue number1
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)174-188
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date18/04/14
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Purpose. To examine the effect of listenability features on the comprehension of interrogation rights. Method. In Experiment 1, students (N = 76) underwent a mock interrogation where one of two police cautions (listenable caution vs. standard caution) was administered and students were asked to explain the caution in their own words. Experiment 2 (N = 80) extended Experiment 1 by identifying the individual and additive effects of the listenability features on recall of their interrogation rights. Results. The results of Experiment 1 showed that the caution containing listenability features produced higher levels of recall than a standard caution. Results of Experiment 2 showed that repeating and organizing interrogation rights led to the greatest number of legal rights being comprehended. Conclusions. Listenability can be used as a tool to increase legal literacy.