Activity #2 Biases in Testimony (pt. 2)

Testimony

When the emissaries arrive after their meal, five possible subjects are going to be identified for the entire group of 30 Emissaries. Based on the visual data collected through drawings, descriptions and details that kids gathered, they are going to be exposed to the process of identifying the subject. They will each individually make a decision, and with a pen and paper with their names already in it, they will write the number of the person they choose.

After this, they will hear each person’s version of the stories, and they will have to assess a second decision. In this case, they are going to explore emotional biases and how they affect our decision-making processes.

After this, they will participate in a discussion of how the person’s stories affected their decisions or not.

Finding who is guilty

The final moment where they voice a guilty subject is going to happen. After this, we are going to tell the kids the truth: none of them was actually the guilty one. All of the five subjects were similar in looks but not completely the actors of the crime.

Final discussion

The activity will end with a discussion about biases, heuristics, assumptions and how subjective these are in relation to our individual perceptions.

All thirty kids are going to gather in small groups to propose solutions to this flaw in the testimony system. They will be given artistic materials to express themselves. The drawings and texts will be exposed on the final day so parents see their kids’ work.

Credits:

Created with images by PublicDomainPictures - "alleyway back alley bin" • polandeze - "murder crime scene" • bykst - "crosshair visor target"

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