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Where do we Lie? - The Impact of Location on Deception

Brychlec, Claudia (2019) Where do we Lie? - The Impact of Location on Deception.

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Abstract:In the current paper the impact of location (prison or church) on people’s tendency to deceive (self-centred or other-oriented) is examined. Literature shows that people either lie for themselves or for another person. Besides the assumption that a prison picture would increase lying, feelings of self-control should be lower compared to the church picture (Mitchell & MacKenzie, 2006). Generally, prisoners seem to have less self-control whereas people believing in religion tend to have more self-control (Ardelt, 2008). The participants were randomly assigned to either church or prison. After the location manipulation the participants were asked to imagine themselves in situations which either represented self-centred or other-oriented motivations. The study was also measuring Social-Value Orientation and competition. The results of the online questionnaire showed that people indeed deceived more self-promoting when receiving the prison picture. Whereas, in comparison the participants receiving the church location deceived less self-centred. This can be explained by feelings of competition as an intermediary. However, lying in general, other-concerned lies, and self-control were not influenced by location. Future research should investigate whether a relationship exists by using virtual reality or a real-life manipulation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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