Deception and self-awareness

Lawson, Glyn and Stedmon, Alex and Zhang, Chloe and Eubanks, Dawn and Frumkin, Lara (2011) Deception and self-awareness. In: HCII 2011, 9-14 July 2014, Orlando, Florida.

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This paper presents a study conducted for the Shades of Grey EPSRC research project (EP/H02302X/1), which aims to develop a suite of interventions for identifying terrorist activities. The study investigated the body movements demonstrated by participants while waiting to be interviewed, in one of two conditions: preparing to lie or preparing to tell the truth. The effect of self-awareness was also investigated, with half of the participants sitting in front of a full length mirror during the waiting period. The other half faced a blank wall. A significant interaction was found for the duration of hand/arm movements between the deception and self-awareness conditions (F=4.335, df=1;76, p<0.05). Without a mirror, participants expecting to lie spent less time moving their hands than those expecting to tell the truth; the opposite was seen in the presence of a mirror. This finding indicates a new research area worth further investigation.

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Additional Information: Published in: Harris, D. (ed.), Engineering psychology and cognitive ergonomics: 9th international conference, EPCE 2011, held as part of HCI International 2011, Orlando, FL, USA, July 9-14, 2011: proceedings. Heidelberg: Springer, 2011, Lecture notes in computer science, 6781. ISBN: 9783642217401. pp. 414-423. The final publication is available at
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
Depositing User: Lawson, Dr Glyn
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2014 14:23
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 20:06

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