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Stubs about findings

Author: Dr Simon Moss

This page presents some stubs--that is, preliminary extracts--about key findings.


Individuals tend to assume that observed behaviors correspond to genuine internal dispositions. Positive moods exacerbate this correspondence bias (Forgas, 1998)


Forgas, J. P. (1998). On being happy but mistaken: Mood effects on the fundamental attribution error, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 318-331.

O'Sullivan, M. (2003). The fundamental attribution error in detecting deception: The boy who cried wolf effect. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1316-1327.


Individuals tend to assume that other people are speaking truthfully (e.g., McCornack & Parks, 1986).


McCornack, S. A., & Parks, M. R. (1986). Deception detection and relationship development: The other side of trust. In M. L. McLaughlin (Ed.), Communication yearbook 9. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

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Last Update: 5/31/2016