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The Impact of Natural and Urban Landscapes on Deception

Krywuczky, Fabienne FK (2019) The Impact of Natural and Urban Landscapes on Deception.

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Abstract:Deception is part of our daily life. However, it does not only decrease the quality of our personal relationships but also contributes to the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars due to the deception of citizens and deception at work. In this paper the influence of location on deception was investigated. It was assumed that the urban location would lead to higher scores on self-oriented deception than the natural location due to increased feelings of competition. Participants were asked to imagine themselves either in an urban or a natural environment. Their deception was subsequently measured in social dilemmas in which lying would either represent self-oriented or other-oriented motivations, meaning one lies for oneself or for other people. Additionally, the feelings of competition of the participants were measured. The results of an online questionnaire revealed that location did not influence deception or competitiveness. However, a weak positive relation between competition and deception was found which also revealed that highly competitive individuals lie less than people who are slightly less competitive. It is further proposed to replicate the current study based on the elaborated recommendations as well as to invest research in finding explanations for the relation of competition and deception.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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