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Detecting deceit in pairs of children

Författare och institution:
Leif Strömwall (Psykologiska institutionen); Pär-Anders Granhag (Psykologiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37 s. 1285-1304
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This study examined adults’ ability to distinguish between truthful and deceptive pairs of children. In an experiment, adult observers (N = 88) judged the veracity of one of 22 truthful or deceptive pairs of children (12–13 years). Four observers watched each pair. The children were interviewed separately about their real or imagined encounter with an unknown man. Analyses showed that the overall accuracy was 62.5%, significantly better than chance level of 50%. As predicted, the deception detection accuracy was higher when watching both pair members than when watching one child. The analysis of the subjective, self-reported cues to deception given by the observers showed that the consistency between the children’s statements was the most frequent cue, as predicted. An analysis of the actual consistency of the children’s statements showed significantly more contradictions in the deceptive statements, albeit the absolute numbers were not large. Applied implications of the results are discussed
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Deception detection, Children’s testimony, Deception cues, Consistency
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Posten skapad:
2008-01-09 11:33
Posten ändrad:
2011-01-20 10:01

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