Female deception detection as a function of commitment and self-awareness

Amanda K. Johnson, Allyson Barnacz, Paul Constantino, Jason Triano, Todd K. Shackelford, Julian Paul Keenan

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It was been hypothesized that evolutionary factors including self-awareness and commitment are related to deception detection. In this study, 34 female undergraduates were tested for their ability to detect deception via a video paradigm. Females that were not in a committed relationship were significantly better at detecting males "faking good" as compared to committed females. Further, self-awareness was correlated with the ability to detect deception. These data are consistent with the hypothesis that deception may be related to self-awareness and that such a relationship is related to reproductive advantages secured by the ability to deceive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1417-1424
Number of pages8
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Commitment
  • Deception detection
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Mating strategy
  • Right hemisphere
  • Self-awareness


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