Title

Me, Myself, and Lie: Tthe Role of Self-Awareness in Deception

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2005

Abstract

Deception has been studied extensively but still little is known about individual differences in deception ability. We investigated the relationship between self-awareness and deception ability. We enlisted novice actors to portray varying levels of deception. Forty-two undergraduates viewed the videotaped portrayals and rated the actors' believability. Actors with high private self-awareness were more effective deceivers, suggesting that high self-monitors are more effective at deceiving. Self-awareness may lead to knowledge of another's mental state (i.e., Theory of Mind), which may improve an individual's deception ability.

DOI

10.1016/j.paid.2004.11.013

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