Master of Arts (MA)
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Previous research has indicated that moderate levels of suspicion will enhance deception detection accuracy. This study hypothesized that combining state suspicion and trait suspicion (i.e. antisocial personality traits) in order to create a moderate level of suspicion overall would produce a higher detection accuracy than would be found among individuals who were not suspicious. Participants consisted of 133 UNLV undergraduates, who completed the Antisocial subscale of the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-II. Participants were assigned to a no suspicion or moderate suspicion condition, viewed a videotape of persons being truthful or deceptive, judged videotape actors as being truthful or untruthful, and rated their own degree of suspicion. Results did not confirm the original hypothesis, but did indicate that persons high in antisocial traits were more suspicious than those low in such traits, and subjects not primed to be suspicious made more veracity judgments than those who were primed to be suspicious.
Accuracy; Antisocial; Deception; Detection; Effects; Personality; Suspicion; Traits
Personality; Social psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Schoephoerster, Barbara T, "Deception detection accuracy: The effects of suspicion and antisocial personality traits" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3218.