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Visuospatial Counter-Interrogation Strategies by Liars Familiar with the Alibi Setting

Journal article
Authors Haneen Deeb
Pär-Anders Granhag
Aldert Vrij
Leif Strömwall
Lorraine Hope
Samantha Mann
Published in Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 32
Issue 1
Pages 105-116
ISSN 0888-4080
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 105-116
Language en
Subject categories Applied Psychology


This study examines counter-interrogation strategies employed by liars giving false alibis. Participants (N =144) visited a restaurant to buy a sandwich (truth-tellers) or to use it as a false alibi (liars). Half of the liars were informed they might be asked for a drawing of the alibi setting if interviewed (informed liars). Participants spent either 10 minutes (high familiarity condition) or 30 seconds (low familiarity condition) in the restaurant. All participants were asked to provide two visuospatial statements, which were assessed for salient details, non-salient details, between-statement consistency, and statement-alibi setting consistency. Informed liars provided significantly more salient and non-salient details than uninformed liars and truth-tellers, particularly in the high familiarity condition. No differences emerged for statement consistency types. The results suggest that liars are more concerned than truth tellers about making a positive impression on the interviewer, and they fail to accurately reflect on truth-tellers’ visuospatial statements

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