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

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Abstract

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.

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