Deception and Deceptive Communication: Motivations, Recognition Techniques and Behavioral Control


Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000

We live in an era when individuals, organizations and even communities constantly lie and deceive others; in turn, these groups of people are lied to and deceived. Because of the pervasiveness of lying and deceptive behavior, individuals and groups frequently complain of being routinely cheated or duped. “Leaked documents detailing deception tactics, WikiLeaks and revelations about large-scale deception, contribute to the perception that there exists a culture of lying…”

This collection brings together deception scholars from around the world, coming from the various academic disciplines and sub-disciplines with different approaches and perspectives to contribute to answering the question about what constitutes lying and deception, its motivations and behavioral control. For instance, when is deception a deception; when do you know that someone is lying to you? Can certain forms of deceptive communication amount to communicative competence? Can we indeed control deception? Hence, the chapters written by experts (most of them full-time professors) have examined theoretical and conceptual issues in deception studies, as well as case studies of deceptive communication and behavior. Topics such as Kantian absolute prohibition against lying; neurocognitive elements to build a cognitive model to analyze deception; the results of a competency test on judgements of child witness credibility; medical students’ deceptive behaviors in two medical schools; strategic deception in the age of “truthiness”; online deception through email business scams; and beauty and deception will certainly be of immense interest to deception scholars, students and practitioners in psychology, forensic linguistics, sociology, security studies, applied linguistics, journalism and communication/media studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Why Kant Would Not Lie to the Murderer at the Door: On Kant’s Absolute Prohibition against Lying (pp. 1-18)
Angeliki Moschona

Chapter 2. Location in Space-Time, Factuality-Counterfactuality and Polarity as the Neurocognitive Elements to Build a Cognitive Model to Represent Deception (pp. 19-36)
Nizar El Imrani

Chapter 3. The Effect of Group Deliberation and the Results of a Competency Test on Judgements of Child Witness Credibility (pp. 37-66)
Lucy Akehurst, Hannah Cassidy, and Cassie Hayter

Chapter 4. The Case of Literally True Propositions with False Implicatures (pp. 67-108)
Shirly Or, Mira Ariel, and Orna Peleg

Chapter 5. Medical Students’ Deceptive Behaviors in Two Medical Schools (pp. 109-128)
Ana María Rancich, Sabrina Fernanda Merino, Nahuel Méndez Diodati, María Eugenia Aruanno, Miguel Ángel Sánchez González, Martín Donato and Ricardo Jorge Gelpi

Chapter 6. Strategic Deception in the Age of “Truthiness” (pp. 129-168)
Sergei A. Samoilenko

Chapter 7. Online Deception: A Discourse Study of Email Business Scams (pp. 169-188)
Isioma M. Chiluwa, Innocent Chiluwa, and Esther Ajiboye (Department of Languages, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)

Chapter 8. Narrativity and Deception: Composite and Fictional Characters in Journalism (pp. 189-206)
Monica Martinez, Eduardo Luiz Correia and Mateus Yuri Passos

Chapter 9. Beauty and Deception: Manufacturing and Normalizing Deceptive Beauty in True Love Magazine (pp. 207-226)
Lindani Mbunyuza-Memani

Chapter 10. Deception in Higher Education: A Philosophical Discussion of the Role of Ethical Communication in Education in Post-Colonial South Africa (pp. 227-244)
Colin Chasi and Ylva Rodny-Gumede (Department of Communication Studies University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 11. Discursive Forms and Functions of Digital Deceptive Communication in Nigerian Online Discourse (pp. 245-274)
Rotimi Taiwo

Chapter 12. Deception in Indian Television: A Case Study of Telugu Media (pp. 275-308)
C.S.H.N. Murthy

About the Authors (pp. 309-316)

About the Editors (pp. 317-318)

Index (pp. 319)

This book is highly recommended to be used as a resource book or handbook to students and scholars/practitioners of deception studies and all others whose research interests include deceptive behavior, deception detection and control.

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