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Television Courtroom Broadcasting

Distraction Effects and Eye-Tracking

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 Broadcasting opens the door to a new era of research on the effects of in-court distraction.

223 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2012

Law and Legal Studies: General Legal Studies

Media Studies

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Empirical Effects Studies
3. Considering Distraction Effects Research
4. Effects and Courtroom Participants/Actors
5. Distraction and General Research Studies
6. Legal-psychology and Eye-tracking
7. The Eye-tracking Distraction Solution
8. The First TCB Eye-tracking Demonstration
9. The Judge
10. The Witness
11. The Solicitor/Barrister/Lawyer
12. Location Issues
13. Conclusion

Appendix 1: Diagrams from Short Report Study

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