Veracity judgement, not accuracy : reconsidering the role of facial expressions, empathy, and emotion recognition training on deception detection

Zloteanu, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2753-637X, Bull, P, Krumhuber, EG and Richardson, DC 2021, 'Veracity judgement, not accuracy : reconsidering the role of facial expressions, empathy, and emotion recognition training on deception detection' , Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 74 (5) , pp. 910-927.

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Abstract

People hold strong beliefs about the role of emotional cues in detecting deception. While research on the diagnostic value of such cues has been mixed, their influence on human veracity judgements is yet to be fully explored. Here, we address the relationship between emotional information and veracity judgements. In Study 1, the role of emotion recognition in the process of detecting naturalistic lies was investigated. Decoders’ veracity judgements were compared based on differences in trait empathy and their ability to recognise microexpressions and subtle expressions. Accuracy was found to be unrelated to facial cue recognition and negatively related to empathy. In Study 2, we manipulated decoders’ emotion recognition ability and the type of lies they saw: experiential or affective (emotional and unemotional). Decoders received either emotion recognition training, bogus training, or no training. In all scenarios, training did not affect veracity judgements. Experiential lies were easier to detect than affective lies; however, affective unemotional lies were overall the hardest to judge. The findings illustrate the complex relationship between emotion recognition and veracity judgements, with abilities for facial cue detection being high yet unrelated to deception accuracy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 1747-0218; eissn 1747-0226 **History: issued 17-12-2020; published_online 17-12-2020
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1747-0218
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Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2021 14:52
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:18
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/59219

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