Temporal distance and veracity effects on the level of detail in statements about intentions

Warmelink, Lara and O'Connell, Felicity (2022) Temporal distance and veracity effects on the level of detail in statements about intentions. Applied Cognitive Psychology. ISSN 0888-4080

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Abstract

Construal level theory states that future events that are nearer in the future and events that are more likely to happen have lower construal levels, and therefore have less detail, than events that are further away and/or less likely to happen. Consistent with this theory, the number of details in a statement can be a moderately good cue to deception. If veracity and temporal distance both affect detail, detail may only be a good cue to deception about events that occur at certain temporal distances. This paper describes a study on whether temporal distance and veracity affect detail levels in statements about intentions. The results suggest that temporal distance and veracity do not affect detail levels in this dataset. Intentions that were completed also did not differ from uncompleted intentions. Overall, the study found no support for the hypothesised effects of temporal distance and veracity on level of detail.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Applied Cognitive Psychology
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183093
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Deposited On:
04 Jan 2023 13:50
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Yes
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Published
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04 Jan 2023 13:50