Strong, but Wrong: Lay People's and Police Officers' Beliefs about Verbal and Nonverbal Cues to Deception

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Abstract

The present study investigated the beliefs of students and police officers about cues to deception. A total of 95 police officers and 104 undergraduate students filled out a questionnaire addressing beliefs about cues to deception. Twenty-eight verbal cues were included in the questionnaire, all extracted from verbal credibility assessment tools (i.e., CBCA, RM, and SCAN). We investigated to what extent beliefs about nonverbal and verbal cues of deception differed between lay people (students) and police officers, and whether these beliefs were in agreement with objective cues known from research. Both students and police officers believed the usual stereotypical, but non-diagnostic (nonverbal) cues such as gaze aversion and increased movement to be indicative of deception. Yet, participants were less inclined to overestimate the relationship between verbal cues and deception and their beliefs fitted better with what we know from research. The implications of these findings for practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0156615
Number of pages19
JournalPLOS ONE
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • CONFIRMATION BIAS
  • LIE DETECTION
  • ACCURACY
  • TRUTH
  • CBCA
  • SUSPECTS
  • ABILITY
  • CREDIBILITY
  • PREVALENCE
  • STATEMENTS

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