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Are You Lying To Me?

Rebecca Dyer and Anna Miller, recent graduates from the class of 2007, presented a poster based on their senior thesis project (supervised by Marilyn Boltz) at the March 2008 Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston. Their research, entitled “Are you Lying to Me? Using Temporal Cues for Deception Detection” shows that the time delay at which one responds to a question influences whether an individual is perceived as lying or telling the truth. Although this cue is used in judging both male and female respondents, there is a robust gender difference in the types of lies men and women are perceived to tell. Overall, men are perceived to be more dishonest when making positive statements about their own abilities, while women are perceived to be more dishonest when making positive statements about other people. So, are you lying to me? As is true of many social processes, there are several behavioral indices that contribute to deception judgments.

Another Haverford psychology major, Dan Arnstein ’09, also participated in the 2008 Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. In collaboration with Professor Anjali Thapar and several students from the Psychology Department at Bryn Mawr College (Elizabeth May, Carmelinda Mann, Whitney Schlimbach, Cara Westerhoff, Kathryn Ticehurst, and Kathryn Solook), this group presented a poster which describes how racial stereotypes influence attitude judgments and decision-making behavior.

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