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Adults’ ability to discriminate between children’s prepared and unprepared lies and truths

Conference paper
Authors Leif Strömwall
Pär-Anders Granhag
Sara Landström
Published in Paper presented at the 15th European Conference on Psychology and Law, Vilnius, Lithuania
Publication year 2005
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords Deception, children’s testimony, prepared vs. unprepared statements
Subject categories Social Sciences


The study investigated adults’ ability to distinguish between children’s prepared and unprepared lies and truths. Thirty children (11-13 years old) were inter-viewed about two events each (one self-experienced and one invented). Half the children prepared the statements, the other half did not. Sixty adult observers each judged the veracity of ten videotaped children’s statements. Results showed that the observers’ overall deception detection were not better than the level of chance (51.5%). Truths (55.0%) were more often correctly judged than lies (47.6%), and unprepared statements (56.6%) were more often correctly identified than prepared (46.1%)

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