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True and false intentions: A Science of lies about the future

Chapter in book
Authors Erik Mac Giolla
Pär-Anders Granhag
Published in The Palgrave Handbook of Deceptive Communication
Pages 385-401
ISBN 978-3-319-96333-4
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of publication London, UK
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 385-401
Language en
Keywords True and false intentions; Deception; Future thought; Goals; Planning
Subject categories Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)


This chapter provides an overview of the bourgeoning field of true and false intentions. A statement of true intent refers to a future action which a speaker intends to carry out, while a statement of false intent refers to a future action which a speaker claims, but does not intend to carry out. An ability to distinguish between such statements holds great practical value for a myriad of professions. Despite this practical value, the topic of true and false intentions has largely been ignored by researchers, who typically focus on judging the veracity of statements concerning past events. The chapter defines key terms in the field, summarizes the extant research, and highlights recent theoretical developments and areas for future research.

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