Challenging interviewees during interviews: The potential effects on lie detection

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The impact of interview styles on lie detection was examined. Thirty-six truth tellers and liars (undergraduates) were interviewed in three different ways: The interview started with an information-gathering interview style (Phase 1), which then developed into an interrogation (Phase 2), and finally transformed back into an information-gathering interview style (Phase 3). On the basis of DePaulo and Kirkendol's Motivational Impairment Effect, which suggests that when people are highly motivated to get away with their lies they actually look like they are controlling their behavior, it was hypothesized that the most prominent differences between liars and truth tellers would emerge in Phase 3. The findings supported this hypothesis, and thus suggest that specific interview styles could facilitate lie detection.

Keywords: Interviewing to detect deception; Motivational Impairment Effect; behavioral adaptation effect; overshadowing effect

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Portsmouth, UK

Publication date: April 1, 2006

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