Doug Messer's research while affiliated with Syracuse University and other places

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Although it is commonly believed that lying is ubiquitous, recent findings show large, individual differences in lying, and that the proclivity to lie varies by age. This research surveyed 58 high school students, who were asked how often they had lied in the past 24 hr. It was predicted that high school students would report lying with greater fre...


... But as this study shows, the tendency to tell more lies than normal is a combination of situational influences and individual differences. Based on previous research, we know that some groups of individuals generally tell more lies; for example, college students and especially teenagers (Debey et al., 2015;Levine et al., 2013;Serota & Levine, 2015). However, the average is not the primary metric for classifying lie behavior; rather it is where the individual response falls within a distribution. ...