Title

Female Deception Detection as a Function of Commitment and Self-Awareness

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2004

Abstract

It was been hypothesized that evolutionary factors including self-awareness and commitment are related to deception detection. In this study, 34 female undergraduates were tested for their ability to detect deception via a video paradigm. Females that were not in a committed relationship were significantly better at detecting males "faking good" as compared to committed females. Further, self-awareness was correlated with the ability to detect deception. These data are consistent with the hypothesis that deception may be related to self-awareness and that such a relationship is related to reproductive advantages secured by the ability to deceive.

DOI

10.1016/j.paid.2004.01.011

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