Nathaniel M. Lambert and Seth Mulder, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; Frank Fincham, Family Institute, Florida State University, Tallahassee.
Thin slices of infidelity: Determining whether observers can pick out cheaters from a video clip interaction and what tips them off
Version of Record online: 18 SEP 2014
Copyright © 2014 IARR
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 612–619, December 2014
How to Cite
LAMBERT, N. M., MULDER, S. and FINCHAM, F. (2014), Thin slices of infidelity: Determining whether observers can pick out cheaters from a video clip interaction and what tips them off. Personal Relationships, 21: 612–619. doi: 10.1111/pere.12052
- Issue online: 12 DEC 2014
- Version of Record online: 18 SEP 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 APR 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 7 APR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 20 OCT 2012
The viability of using brief observations of behavior (thin slicing) to identify infidelity in romantic relationships was examined. Two studies supported the hypothesis that observers can accuratelsy identify people who are cheating on their romantic dating partner based on thin slices of observed behavior. In Study 1, raters were able to accurately identify people who were cheating on their romantic dating partner after viewing a short 3- to 4-min video of the couple interacting. Study 2 replicated this finding and identified possible variables that may mediate the relation between coder's ratings and participants' actual reported infidelity. Commitment and trustworthiness were found to be mediators of this relation. These results are discussed in terms of application and future research.