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    Deictic relational complexity and the development of deception

    McHugh, Louise and Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Stewart, Ian and Dymond, Simon (2007) Deictic relational complexity and the development of deception. The Psychological record, 57. pp. 517-531. ISSN 0033-2933

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    An empirical investigation of age-related development of the ability to deceive was conducted from the perspective of Relational Frame Theory, which, unlike the traditional approach, Theory of Mind, has been used to analyze deception in terms of the complexity of the relational responding involved. A derived relational responding– based protocol was used to compare the deception-taking skills of five different age groups. Results indicated that performances on the tasks improved as a function of age, supporting the current concept of deception as a learned relationally complex behavioral pattern. The findings are discussed in terms of their implications for the mainstream developmental literature on deception.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Deictic; relational; complexity; development; deception;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 14734
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    Depositing User: Prof. Dermot Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 16:25
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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