Cues to deception in context: response latency/gaps in denials and blame shifting

Reynolds, Edward and Rendle-Short, Johanna (2011) Cues to deception in context: response latency/gaps in denials and blame shifting. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50 3: 431-449. doi:10.1348/014466610X520104

Author Reynolds, Edward
Rendle-Short, Johanna
Title Cues to deception in context: response latency/gaps in denials and blame shifting
Journal name British Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-6665
Publication date 2011-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1348/014466610X520104
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 50
Issue 3
Start page 431
End page 449
Total pages 19
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Subject 3207 Social Psychology
Formatted abstract
Over 40 years of work on lying in psychology and communication has investigated numerous 'cues to deception'- the subtle signals people show when they are lying. One of these cues to deception is 'response latency' or the gap that occurs between questions and the lying response. The current investigation uses the methodology of conversation analysis to re-consider the question of response latency in the context of lying. Drawing on data from two naturalistic sources, the television shows COPS and the Jeremy Kyle Show, this investigation analyses response latencies in order to show the regular organization of gaps between turns in both lies and non-lies. The current investigation demonstrates that in blame shifting turns which are lies, any gaps between turns result from a display of upcoming 'trouble', rather than being related to lying per se. The investigation highlights the need to analyse lies in the contexts in which they are told, taking prior and subsequent talk into account.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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