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Duped

Truth-Default Theory and the Social Science of Lying and Deception

Timothy R. Levine (author)

ISBN: 9780817359683

Publication Date: Nov 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Across a host of issues such as the advent of fake news, climate-science denial, and Bernie Madoff's appeal to investors, people can be astonishingly gullible. This book provides a scrupulous account that overturns many commonplace notions about how we can best detect lies and falsehoods.
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A scrupulous account that overturns many commonplace notions about how we can best detect lies and falsehoods.
 
Across a host of issues such as the advent of fake news, climate-science denial, and Bernie Madoff's appeal to investors, people can be astonishingly gullible. Some people appear authentic and sincere even when the facts discredit them, and many people fall victim to conspiracy theories and economic scams that should be dismissed as obviously ludicrous. This happens because of a near-universal human tendency to operate within a mindset that can be characterized as a 'truth-default.' We uncritically accept most of the messages we receive as 'honest.' We all are perceptually blind to deception. We are hardwired to be duped. The question is, can anything be done to militate against our vulnerability to deception without further eroding the trust in people and social institutions that we so desperately need in civil society?
 
Timothy R. Levine's Duped: Truth-Default Theory and the Social Science of Lying and Deception recounts a decades-long program of empirical research that culminates in a new theory of deception-Truth-Default Theory. This theory holds that the content of incoming communication is typically and uncritically accepted as true, and most of the time, this is good. Truth-default allows humans to function socially. Further, because most deception is enacted by a few prolific liars, the so called 'truth-bias' is not really a bias after all. Passive belief makes us right most of the time, but the catch is that it also makes us vulnerable to occasional deceit.
 
Levine's research on lie detection and truth-bias has produced many provocative new findings over the years. He has uncovered what makes some people more believable than others and has discovered several ways to improve lie-detection accuracy. In Duped, Levine details where these ideas came from, how they were tested, and how the findings combine to produce a coherent new understanding of human deception and deception detection.

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Tim Levine has given us an elegant and persuasive explanation of one of the oldest puzzles in psychology. Why are human beings so easily deceived? Duped has completely changed my understanding of liars and their lies." - Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and host of the podcast Revisionist History
Illustrations 15 black & white figures, 18 tables
Pages 384
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2019
Publisher The University of Alabama Press
Subject/s Social, group or collective psychology   Communication studies   Crime & criminology  
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Studies and Experiments
  • Part I: The Social Science of Deception
  • Chapter 1. The Science of Deception
  • Chapter 2. Cues
  • Chapter 3. Deception Detection Accuracy
  • Chapter 4. Rivals
  • Chapter 5. Critiquing the Rivals
  • Part II: Truth-Default Theory
  • Chapter 6. Truth-Default Theory Summarized
  • Chapter 7. Defining Deception (Beyond BFLs and Conscious Intent)
  • Chapter 8. Information Manipulation (Beyond BFLs and Conscious Intent, Part 2)
  • Chapter 9. Prevalence
  • Chapter 10. Deception Motives
  • Chapter 11. Truth-Bias and Truth-Default
  • Chapter 12. The Veracity Effect and Truth-Lie Base-Rates
  • Chapter 13. Explaining Slightly-Better-than-Chance Accuracy
  • Chapter 14. Improving Accuracy
  • Chapter 15. The TDT Perspective
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Timothy R. Levine is distinguished professor and chair of the department of communication studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been studying deception for more than twenty-five years and has published his research in more than 140 articles in academic journals.

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