A cognitive approach to elicit verbal and nonverbal cues to deceit

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Dishonesty is ubiquitous in our world. The news is frequently filled with high-profile cases of corporate fraud, large-scale corruption, lying politicians, and the hypocrisy of public figures. On a smaller scale, ordinary people often cheat, lie, misreport their taxes, and mislead others in their daily life. Despite such prevalence of cheating, corruption, and concealment, people typically consider themselves to be honest, and often believe themselves to be more moral than most others. This book aims to resolve this paradox by addressing the question of why people are dishonest all too often. What motivates dishonesty, and how are people able to perceive themselves as moral despite their dishonest behaviour? What personality and interpersonal factors make dishonesty more likely? And what can be done to recognize and reduce dishonesty? This is a fascinating overview of state-of-the-art research on dishonesty, with prominent scholars offering their views to clarify the roots of dishonesty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCheating, Corruption, and Concealment
Subtitle of host publicationThe Roots of Dishonesty
EditorsJan-Willem van Prooijen, Paul A. M. van Lange
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)9781107105393
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


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