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The Science of DeceptionPsychology and Commerce in America$
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Michael Pettit

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226923741

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226923758.001.0001

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Studies in Deceit

Studies in Deceit

Personality Testing and the Character of Experiments

(p.194) Chapter Six Studies in Deceit
The Science of Deception

Michael Pettit

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the ironies at the core of attempts to scientifically investigate deception. It uses the Character Education Inquiry as its focal point to explain deceptive behavior among school children. The findings of their investigation, as documented in Studies in Deceit, changed the locus of deceitful behavior from the individual to the situation. It found that deception was not an aberration, but a normal human attribute, which manifested itself according to the present situation.

Keywords:   school children, Studies in Deceit, situation, Character Education Inquiry, deceitful behavior

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