Faculty Advisor

Rodriguez, Angela Corinne

Faculty Advisor

Skorinko, Jeanine LM


This study investigated gender bias and the effect of stress on the decision to report a witnessed crime. Participants watched a video under the guise of testing a video coding software, during which a theft of either high or low severity was witnessed. Participants were given multiple opportunities to report the witnessed theft. The gender of the perpetrator was manipulated to be either male or female and participant stress was measured through the use of a perceived stress scale. We predicted that people will be more willing to report against a male thief committing a high severity crime and that stress will be highest in those conditions. We found the data to be going in the expected direction, however the only significant result was between crime severity and stress.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted



Psychological Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies