Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology (December 2009)
McNair Project: Deception in Structured Employment Interviews (2009)
Mentors: Lester Loschky, Ph.D., and Sartoris Culbertson, Ph.D.
This study examined the behavioral differences between when people tell the truth and lie in a structured employee interview. We looked at 22 cues to deception in an interview involving situational and behavioral description questions. We hypothesized that the lie condition for behavioral and situational questions should exhibit more cues than the truth condition. We also hypothesized that the situational condition is like telling a lie to begin with, therefore a situational truth will yield a greater amount of cues than the behavioral truth. Furthermore, we hypothesized that the difference between the amount of cues present for lie and truth conditions in behavioral questions should be greater than the difference between the amount of cues present for lie and truth conditions in the situational interview.