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Computer-Mediated Deception:

Title: Computer-Mediated Deception: Strategies Revealed by Language-action Cues in Spontaneous Communication.
Name(s): Ho, Shuyuan Mary, author
Hancock, Jeffrey T., author
Booth, Cheryl, author
Liu, Xiuwen, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2016-10-05
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Computer-mediated deception threatens the security of online users’ private and personal information. Previous research confirms that humans are bad lie detectors, while demonstrating that certain observable linguistic features can provide crucial cues to detect deception. We designed and conducted an experiment that creates spontaneous deception scenarios in an interactive online game environment. Logistic regression, and certain classification methodologies were applied to analyzing data collected during Fall 2014 through Spring 2015. Our findings suggest that certain language-action cues (e.g., cognitive load, affective process, latency and wordiness) reveal patterns of information behavior manifested by deceivers in spontaneous online communication. Moreover, computational approaches to analyzing these language-action cues can provide significant accuracy in detecting computer-mediated deception.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1521642217_19b33a13 (IID), 10.1080/07421222.2016.1205924 (DOI)
Keywords: Interpersonal deception theory, Computer-mediated communication, Language-action cues, Computer-mediated deception, Human-computer interaction
Publication Note: This article was published in the Journal of Management Information Systems. The publisher's version is available at
Preferred Citation: Ho, S. M., Hancock, J. T., Booth, C., & Liu, M. (2016). Computer-mediated deception: Strategies revealed by language-action cues in spontaneous communication. Journal of Management Information Systems, 33(2), 393-420. doi: 10.1080/07421222.2016.1205924
Grant Number: NSF EAGER grants #1347113 and #1347120; Florida Center for Cybersecurity Collaborative Seed Grant 03/01/15—02/28/16, and the Florida State University Council for Research and Creativity Planning Grant #034138
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Management Information Systems.
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 33

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Ho, S. M., Hancock, J. T., Booth, C., & Liu, X. (2016). Computer-Mediated Deception:: Strategies Revealed by Language-action Cues in Spontaneous Communication. Journal Of Management Information Systems. Retrieved from