ERIC Number: EJ1014318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching the Truth about Lies to Psychology Students: The Speed Lying Task
Pearson, Matthew R.; Richardson, Thomas A.
Teaching of Psychology, v40 n1 p56-58 Jan 2013
To teach the importance of deception in everyday social life, an in-class activity called the "Speed Lying Task" was given in an introductory social psychology class. In class, two major research findings were replicated: Individuals detected deception at levels no better than expected by chance and lie detection confidence was unrelated to lie detection accuracy. Using a pretest-posttest design, the activity led to significant increases in deception knowledge, and the activity was seen as helpful, engaging, and interesting to the students. This study supports using students as both research subjects and research consumers in the classroom to teach classical concepts in social psychology.
Descriptors: Ethics, Social Psychology, Deception, Pretests Posttests, Learning Activities, Instructional Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students, Knowledge Level, Learner Engagement, Student Research
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