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Good Liars Are Neither 'Dark' Nor Self-Deceptive

Wright, GRT, Berry, CJ, Catmur, C and Bird, G (2015) Good Liars Are Neither 'Dark' Nor Self-Deceptive PLOS ONE, 10 (6), UNSP e.

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Abstract

Deception is a central component of the personality 'Dark Triad' (Machiavellianism, Psychopathy and Narcissism). However, whether individuals exhibiting high scores on Dark Triad measures have a heightened deceptive ability has received little experimental attention. The present study tested whether the ability to lie effectively, and to detect lies told by others, was related to Dark Triad, Lie Acceptability, or Self-Deceptive measures of personality using an interactive group-based deception task. At a group level, lie detection accuracy was correlated with the ability to deceive others-replicating previous work. No evidence was found to suggest that Dark Triad traits confer any advantage either to deceive others, or to detect deception in others. Participants who considered lying to be more acceptable were more skilled at lying, while self-deceptive individuals were generally less credible and less confident when lying. Results are interpreted within a framework in which repeated practice results in enhanced deceptive ability.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Wright, GRTUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Berry, CJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Catmur, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bird, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 17 June 2015
Identification Number : 10.1371/journal.pone.0127315
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Multidisciplinary Sciences, Science & Technology - Other Topics, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, NONVERBAL INDICATORS, NARCISSISM, MACHIAVELLIANISM, PSYCHOPATHY, PERSONALITY, PERCEPTION, ACCURACY, TRIAD, ENHANCEMENT
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Additional Information : Copyright: © 2015 Wright et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 23 Oct 2015 08:29
Last Modified : 23 Oct 2015 08:29
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808765

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