Analytical thinking under distrust - better not to know that one distrusts

Ruffieux, Nicole; Oswald, Margit (9 July 2014). Analytical thinking under distrust - better not to know that one distrusts (Unpublished). In: General Meeting European Association of Social Psychology - 2014. Amsterdam, NL. 09-12 Jul 2014.

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It is widely known that people utter an untruth from time to time. Our ability to detect and recognize deception and lies and, in the next step, to respond appropriately is not very far-reaching. We were interested in finding out if distrust triggers non-routine, analytical thought processes and therefore improves the detection of lies without dismissing the truth. We conducted two experiments to investigate the influence of an unconscious form of distrust on our thought processes. In the first experiment, participants had to determine whether a report is truthful or false. The aim of this second experiment was to investigate if this enhanced ability to detect a falsified report correctly is based on analytical thinking taking place. To examine our assumptions, we applied the paradigm of belief bias. The results of the second experiments strongly point out the fact that an unconscious form of distrust triggers and fosters analytical thinking.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Neuroscience and Social Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Ruffieux, Nicole and Oswald, Margit


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Nicole Ruffieux

Date Deposited:

02 Sep 2014 12:02

Last Modified:

02 Sep 2014 12:02

Uncontrolled Keywords:

distrust, lie detection, implicit information processing, subliminal, accuracy, belief bias, deductive reasoning


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