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COGNITIVE LOAD WHILE HAVING THE INTENTION TO DECEIVE

Sennef, D.B.W. (2013) COGNITIVE LOAD WHILE HAVING THE INTENTION TO DECEIVE.

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Abstract:A lot of research has been done on deception- and deception detection. We state that deception cannot be seen as a process of just a few moments, and thus cannot be reduced to just the lie(s) itself. We do weight the importance on another concept in deceptive behavior: the intention to deceive. It is likely that the intention to deceive characterize liars, but very few studies do actually attend to this likely process. We did examine this ‘intention to deceive’ in an experimental setting. The hypothesis that lying requires more mental effort has been widely supported. We hypothesize that having the intention to lie while telling the truth is more cognitively demanding than telling the truth. During present research, tonic electrodermal activity (EDA) was measured during 1) telling the truth, 2) lying and 3) the intention to lie, because this seems to be a reliable measure of cognitive load. Two different double tasks were included in these three conditions, attempting to create a magnified difference in cognitive load between the truth- and intention to lie condition. Although present research did not find evidence that the intention to deceive is more cognitively demanding than truth-telling, it does give some additional results and recommendations for further research on deception and the intention to deceive.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64155
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