Psychopathy and deception detection
Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Personality and Mental Health
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 154–159, May 2013
How to Cite
Martin, K. and Leach, A.-M. (2013), Psychopathy and deception detection. Personality and Mental Health, 7: 154–159. doi: 10.1002/pmh.1215
- Issue published online: 25 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
Researchers have found that most people have difficulty detecting deception; however, certain individuals are able to consistently detect deception above the level of chance. This study examined whether psychopathic traits are related to deception detection. Undergraduate participants (n = 117) indicated whether individuals in video clips were lying or telling the truth and completed a measure of psychopathy. Overall, participants' performance was significantly greater than chance. Scores on the psychopathy measure were unrelated to participants' performance and their confidence on the lie detection task. Possible explanations for the findings are briefly discussed. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.