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Discriminating between statements of true and false intent: The impact of repeated interviews and strategic questioning

Journal article
Authors Pär-Anders Granhag
Erik Mac Giolla
Tuule Sooniste
Leif Strömwall
Meiling Liu-Jönsson
Published in Journal of Applied Security Research
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 1-17
ISSN 1936-1610
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 1-17
Language en
Keywords True and false intent, deception detection, consistency, repeated interviews
Subject categories Psychology


Between-statement consistency is regarded as an important cue to deceit. However, research indicates that liars can be as consistent as truth tellers. The consistency of statements of intent in two mock security settings was examined. Truth tellers spoke honestly of their intentions. Liars provided a cover story tomask their criminal intentions. Participants (N=60)were interviewed three times, and their statements were coded for repetitions, omissions, and commissions. The similarities between truth tellers and liars on all threemeasures of consistency were striking. These findings highlight consistency as a pernicious cue to deceit.

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