Connor Brooks Hagan, Nicholas James Patritti, Ian Rasaan Robinson


Presentation: 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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This study examined whether Virtual Reality technology would have an impact on deception detection when using direct or indirect questions about honesty. Our goal was to identify if someone who feels like they are with a person in a virtual reality world can better perceive facial and body language cues that, when paired with indirect questions, will enhance deception detection. Research has shown that participants are more aware of their surroundings and recognize slight changes more readily in virtual reality. Additionally, much research (e.g., Hippel, 2015; ten Brinke, 2014; Manstead 1984) indicate that indirect questions (focused on a person's jobs, character, and what actions they would take in a given scenario) are more useful than direct questions (e.g., targeted specifically to the honesty of a person) in determining deception. Analyses of data in the present study identified a reliable enhancement effect of virtual reality on body language cues (e.g., facial emotions, fidgeting, posture) as compared with verbal language cues in indicating honesty and deception.

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Independent Research

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Susan T. Davis

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Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Virtual Reality Technology Enhances Use of Facial and Body Cues to Detect Deception