Ross, David; Warren, Amye
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Most of our understanding of deceptive behaviors comes from cognitive (Vrij, Fisher, & Blank, 2015) or social psychological (Ekman, 2009) perspectives, and furthermore comes from forensic deception detection research and strategies (Vrij, 2008). One psychological domain that has not had as much investigation in relation to deception is personality. The present study examines the connection between personality traits and one aspect of deceptive behaviors – motivations to lie. College students completed self-report surveys online regarding personality, their lying habits, and basic demographic questions. Additionally, participants read several lying scenarios and rated the likelihood of lying. In a sample of 292 participants, several connections were observed between lying motives and Big Five traits, facet level traits, and dark personality traits. In sum, there were significant and differentiating connections between motivations for lying and personality characteristics; however, it is best to focus on patterns of relationships due to the exploratory nature of the study.
I would like to thank my thesis committee, Dr. Kate Rogers., Dr. David Ross, and Dr. Amye Warren, for their support and guidance during my time at UTC and throughout this project. I would also like to thank the other members of the Personality and Impressions lab for their all of their help. I want to thank Dr. Linda Frost and the other members of the Honors College for setting up an environment that is filled with constant support, friendships, and challenges that have allowed me to grow into the student that I am today. Finally, I would like to thank my friends, family, and cohort who keep me grounded and supported me as I worked through my degree.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Deception; Antisocial personality disorders
Weber, Jason T., "When deception gets personal: an exploration into personality's link to deception" (2017). Honors Theses.