Who should I look at? Eye contact during collective interviewing as a cue to deceit

Shyma Jundi, Aldert Vrij, Samantha Mann, Lorraine Hope, Jackie Hillman, Lara Warmelink, Esther Gahr

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Pairs of liars and pairs of truth tellers were interviewed and the amount of eye contact they made with the interviewer and each other was coded. Given that liars take their credibility less for granted than truth tellers, we expected liars to monitor the interviewer to see whether they were being believed, and to try harder to convince the interviewer that they were telling the truth. It was hypothesised that this monitoring would manifest itself through more eye contact with the interviewer and less eye contact with each other than in the case of truth tellers. A total of 43 pairs of participants took part in the experiment. Truth tellers had lunch in a nearby restaurant. Liars took some money from a purse, and were asked to pretend that instead of taking the money, they had been to a nearby restaurant together for lunch. Pairs of liars looked less at each other and displayed more eye contact with the interviewer than pairs of truth tellers. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-671
JournalPsychology, Crime & Law
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2013


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