Elliot D Buccieri, Michael Brannon Dosedel, Lauren E Murphy



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This study in-progress explores the relationship between social awareness, deception detection, and eye movement patterns exhibited during deception detection. Specifically, we are searching for patterns in visual attention to facial/body areas during the evaluation of honesty that correspond to correct detection of lies. During this experiment, participants will complete a questionnaire to gauge their social awareness (i.e., cognizance of the indications of others’ needs and motivations in social situations). Subsequently, they will be fit with an eye-movement tracking device and watch a video of a college-aged actor pretending to be a student. In this role, the actor will be responding to questions about his personal experiences and behaviors while in college. We will instruct the actor to lie on half of his responses. While watching the video, participants will decide whether they perceive the actor’s responses to be honest or dishonest. In the results, we expect to find a positive correlation between level of social awareness and detection of deception. That is, participants who are more socially aware will be more likely to detect accurately when the actor is lying. Further, we expect to find patterns of participants’ eye movements, eye fixations, and gaze paths that correspond with the ability to detect deception. That is, these patterns will indicate consistent attention to those areas of face (e.g., eyes and mouth) and body (e.g., body language and hand-to-face movements) that have been shown to produce reliable cues for detecting deception (e.g., Bond, 2008).

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Independent Research - Undergraduate

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Susan T. Davis

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Where to Catch a Lie