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The Dark Personality Behind a Poker Face: A Quantitative Study into Dark Triad Personality and Texas Hold'em Poker

Brandes, Levy (2020) The Dark Personality Behind a Poker Face: A Quantitative Study into Dark Triad Personality and Texas Hold'em Poker.

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Abstract:Dark Triad traits (Machiavellianism, narcissism, and subclinical psychopathy) are associated with frequent, skilful and successful deception. However, most deception research faced limitations as bias, human error, lack of realism, or behavioural restrictions questioning the findings’ generalizability. Said limitations were considered by using poker as research setting. This game posed realistic consequences to deception but did not restrict participant in performing deceitfully. Movement detection program, OpenPose, was used to capture and analyse deceitful body movements. Dark Triad identification, deceptive behaviour and experienced emotions were measured via self-report questionnaires. Findings show that high Dark Triad scores were more often inclined to use deceitful rather than truthful strategies in poker, compared to low scores, but they did not predict poker success. High Dark Triad cluster and subclinical psychopathy (but no other trait) scores exhibited more deceitful than truthful lower-body movements (but no other body parts), compared to lower scores. In this study, Dark Triad personality did not entirely predict deceptive success in deception-endorsing situations, likely due to a small sample and limitations in movements and construct measures. Future research should further investigate this relationship in a similar setting, considering those limitations, as the combination proved to be a fruitful innovation to deception research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81484
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