Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences
The aim of this paper is to describe the phenomenon of lying from the perspective of interpersonal communication. The Interpersonal Deception Theory explains the dynamics and evolution of deceit in interactions. It also explains how the deceiver’s and receiver’s actions influence success at deception. The following factors known to influence accuracy of lie detection in interpersonal communication were described in the article: interactivity, the moment in which decision is taken, immediacy, observation/participation, modality, biases, suspicion, repeated investigation and the use of evidence. Data on interactive deception detection is based also on strategies aimed to reach the truth. Practical implications for lie detection in interpersonal communication are presented, also showing possible future research area.
Keywords: detecting deceit, interpersonal deception theory, truth-targeting strategies
Cite this article as:
Cantarero, K. (2009). Detecting deceit in interpersonal communication. Psychologia Społeczna, 11, 167-176.