Increasing deception detection accuracy with strategic questioning

Academic Article


  • One explanation for the finding of slightly above-chance accuracy in detecting deception experiments is limited variance in sender transparency. The current study sought to increase accuracy by increasing variance in sender transparency with strategic interrogative questioning. Participants (total N = 128) observed cheaters and noncheaters who were questioned with either indirect background questions or strategic questioning. Accuracy was significantly below chance (44%) in the background questions condition and substantially above chance (68%) in the strategic interrogative questioning condition. The results suggest that transparency can be increased by strategic question asking and that accuracy rates well above chance are possible even for untrained judges exposed to only brief communications. © 2010 International Communication Association.
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Levine TR; Shaw A; Shulman HC
  • Start Page

  • 216
  • End Page

  • 231
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 2