Date of Award

Spring 5-2016

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dean Bertram

Advisor Department

Criminal Justice


Form-blindness is not an eye problem. It is a perceptual inability to distinguish the small differences between shapes, colors, and patterns. This research examines this phenomenon by using a previously-established exam to study form-blindness and its implications. Demographic variables such as age, major, GPA, and sex are also looked at to see what potential impact they might have on a person’s performance on the exam. The form-blindness tests administered during this study were graded and then analyzed using descriptive statistics and multiple linear regression. In the end, no statistical significance was found for the demographic variables of age, GPA, major, 20/20 vision, LASIK eye surgery, and dyslexia. However, the demographic variables of sex, fingerprint training, and use of medication were found to have statistical significance in the study, meaning that a potential administrator of the test might want to more heavily consider these variables than the other demographic variables when determining whether or not to hire a potential fingerprint examiner.