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Response Latency as a Cue to Deception in Interpersonal Relationships

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Title: Response Latency as a Cue to Deception in Interpersonal Relationships
Author: Henderson, Amalya
Advisor: Boltz, Marilyn
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: The current study investigated the effects of interpersonal relationship type and gender on perceptions of deception while manipulating response latency. Sixty participants listened to a conversation between a male and female speaker. In the conversation, the male and female speakers posed a number of questions to which the other speaker responded with a short statement representing one of two potential lie types: self- or other-oriented lies. Subjects were led to believe that the speakers had one of three relationship types: close, acquaintance, or stranger. In each question/response pair the response latency was manipulated to be short, on-time, or long. The results showed three findings of note. First, the female speaker was perceived to tell more other lies to benefit another person while the male speaker was perceived to tell more self lies to benefit himself. Secondly, there was also a main effect of latency such that higher frequencies of lies were associated with the long latency than either the short or on-time latencies. Lastly, in close relationships, participants gave more leniency to speakers after short and on-time latencies, but were much harsher with judgments after long latencies. These findings are discussed in terms of their implications towards acknowledging the role of psycho-social factors in deception.
Subject: Interpersonal relations -- Psychological aspects
Subject: Truthfulness and falsehood -- Psychological aspects
Subject: Truthfulness and falsehood -- Sex differences
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7089

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Henderson, Amalya. "Response Latency as a Cue to Deception in Interpersonal Relationships". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7089.

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