Credibility assessment in context: the influence of intergroup bias and the context of the crime

Nir Rozmann, Galit Nahari

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The current study examined how the context of the crime and the ethnic affiliations of the suspects and participants influenced credibility assessments with respect to in- and out-group suspects. The 200 participants, half Israeli-Jewish and half Israeli-Arab, assessed the credibility of an alibi statement provided be either an Israeli-Jewish or an Israeli-Arab suspect accused of vandalism in either an ethnic-based or neutral-based context. The results indicate that the context of the crime moderated the effect of intergroup bias on credibility assessment among Israeli-Arab participants (out-group members). Under both crime contexts, Israeli-Jewish suspects were perceived as less credible than Israeli-Arab suspects. However, for Israeli-Arab, the effect of intergroup bias was stronger in the ethnic-based context than in the neutral-based context. Overall, the results suggest that Israeli-Arab group might have felt threatened by the ethnic-based context, which could have increased the group bias in their judgments, as compared to the Israeli-Jewish group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-469
Number of pages16
JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
Issue number5
Early online date2 Apr 2021
StatePublished - 2022

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  • Crime context
  • alibi
  • credibility assessment
  • intergroup bias
  • social identity theory


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