Content in context improves deception detection accuracy

Academic Article


  • 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. © 2010 International Communication Association.
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    Author List

  • Blair JP; Levine TR; Shaw AS
  • Start Page

  • 423
  • End Page

  • 442
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 3