Individual differences in hand movements during deception

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This article addresses the influence of 2 personality traits on making hand movements during deception, namely public self-consciousness and ability to control behavior. It was hypothesized that especially individuals with high public self-consciousness and individuals who are skilled in controlling their behavior would make fewer hand movements during deception compared to truth-telling. A total of 56 participants were interviewed twice; in one interview they told the truth and in the other interview they lied. Before the interviews the participants completed a personality inventory to measure their levels of public self-consciousness and ability to control their behavior. The results supported the hypotheses. Some implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-102
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Nonverbal Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1997


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