ERIC Number: ED175075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Nonverbal Cues to Deception in Children.
Shimmin, Harold; Noel, Richard C.
The purpose of this study was to investigate nonverbal facial, body, and paralanguage cues to deception in children. A sample of 31 Hispanic and Black second and third grade students were videotaped while playing a color identification that required six honest and six deceptive verbal responses to a randomized stimulus presentation. Frame-by-frame analysis revealed that there were few cues to deception in the facial area, with only a marginally significant main effect for head nodding and no relationship evident for smiling, eye contact, or blinking; that there were no significant cues to deception in the body; and that in the paralanguage area there were more speech disruptions and a greater time duration in making deceitful responses. The results provide little support for the idea that children are relatively transparent in betraying their deception. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (San Diego, California, April 1979)