Outline and discuss persuasion techniques used within the courtroom

Some tapes with certain illegal acts on them had also been taped over. So therefore there was a very high level of accuracy in the children's allegations. There was evidence to shows that the children made slight errors in omission and in commission but was said to be due to missing evidence rather than the girls lying about a situation. The study also revealed that the children would not disclose the abuse to any adult even though they wanted it to stop. Therefore this study shows that children can give accurate and detailed information in a courtroom, which is no easy task especially when testifying about being abused sexually.

We also have to take into consideration that these girls were extremely young and had been threatened and tricked by the organiser not to disclose anything about the activities and to keep coming. Just adding to the difficulty they must have faced. This can also related to persuasion techniques and this how they persuaded the children. The final piece of evidence is by Asch S. E who produced a laboratory study in 1955 called Opinions and social pressure of which the main being to investigate the effects of a majority influence on a minority of one, using a simple perception task.

There were, in total, 123 participants from three different institutions. On each series of the trials a group of 7 to 9 male students were seated at a table, just like regular jury when discussing a case, only one of them was a true participant however and was seated on the last seat. The experimenter would then ask the participants an obvious question concerning the lengths of some lines, knowing that the false participants would give an incorrect answer the experimenter wanted to see if the real participant would conform to the others.

There were several possible reasons for them to yield, some said that they were wrong and the majority were correct, some thought that the majority were victims of an optical illusion and some believed that they were in someway deficient and wanted to hide this from the others. We can, therefore see that conformity is considered so normal that people give an incorrect answer even if they know they know the right one, this put into situation how we educate in this country.

Also, all the participants agreed that being independent was preferred to conforming, a lot didn't however. Conformity is one of the most famous persuasion techniques that exist mainly because it's so easy to create, seen in every day life and invisible to the naked eye. When outlined and examined we can see that the three pieces evidence each have something to do with persuasion techniques in their own way, two of the studies were not, however, based in a courtroom but they did remind us of a group in a similar to the position of a jury.