Camera Perspective Bias Affects How We See People

It is common knowledge that video can be cropped and manipulated to finesse an angle but a 2012 study reveals that cameras can also incriminate you without the need to fix in post.

Ohio University psychology professor G. Daniel Lassiter asserts that a police interrogation video can actually sway the jury’s opinion of a suspect one way or the other based purely on the camera angle used when filming.

Lassiter explains in his ongoing research that video from a confession can come across as entirely voluntary, even if the suspect was threatened or coerced. He gives two examples: when the camera is focused squarely on the suspect, and when both the camera and interrogator are seen in profile.


Viewers are more likely to believe that any self-incriminating statement is voluntary

Head on, the suspect’s statement would come across as unprompted introducing a greater level of bias however, side on, the suspect and interrogator are seen in equal amounts removing camera perspective bias from the picture.


An alternate camera angle can eliminate bias that can lead to wrongful convictions

It’s interesting to see how even the slightest change in camera angle can change the entire flow of narrative with no trickery whatsoever.

The same can also be seen in the way dynamic lighting is used to wire our brains into seeing a rainbow of contrasting emotions!

Play and pause the video to see for yourself!

Interrogation image capture from: Nightcrawler and Law Abiding Citizen