Practice effects, workload, and reaction time in deception.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Cognitive theorists argue that deception may involve attentional capture, working memory load, or perceived incongruity with memory, whereas psychophysiologists argue for stimulus salience, arousal, and emotion. This article presents a comprehensive model of deception and assesses the effect of practice on deceptive responding. A three-session longitudinal study examined the effect of practice on reaction time (RT) in relation to deception and response congruity. Participants evaluated self-referent sentences and responded truthfully or deceptively. Findings indicate that deceptive responding generates longer RTs than does truthful responding and that this relationship remains constant with practice. We use these findings to support a cognitive model of deception.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vendemia, JMC; Buzan, RF; Green, EP

Published Date

  • January 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 118 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 413 - 429

PubMed ID

  • 16255127

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16255127

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-8298

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9556


  • eng