ERIC Number: EJ886055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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Reference Count: 26
Content in Context Improves Deception Detection Accuracy
Blair, J. Pete; Levine, Timothy R.; Shaw, Allison S.
Human Communication Research, v36 n3 p423-442 Jul 2010
Past research has shown that people are only slightly better than chance at distinguishing truths from lies. Higher accuracy rates, however, are possible when contextual knowledge is used to judge the veracity of situated message content. The utility of content in context was shown in a series of experiments with students (N = 26, 45, 51, 25, 127) and experts (N = 66). Across studies, average accuracy was 75% in the content in context groups compared with 57% in the controls. These results demonstrate the importance of situating judges within a meaningful context and have important implications for deception theory.
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