Date of Award

Fall 12-11-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice

Committee Chair

Dr. Richards P. Davis


Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a well-established subsection of environmental criminology in which aspects of the environment are altered in order to prevent crimes before they happen. This is primarily accomplished in two ways: physical and psychological. CPTED strategies often utilize both in order to prevent crime, but there is a lack of primarily psychologically based research in circulation. This includes the manipulation of the biopsychological response to gaze detection in order to increase prosocial behavior. Additionally, there is a lack of studies indicating if CPTED strategies are effective in a classroom setting and even less concerning online classroom settings. This research seeks to fill the void of psychologically based research as well as determine if CPTED strategies are effective through online classroom delivery by using eye imagery to influence cheating rates in online quizzes at a collegiate level. Results indicate that there is no significant association between eye imagery and cheating in criminal justice and forensic investigation students.



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