An Examination and Validation of Linguistic Constructs for Studying High-Stakes Deception

Christie M. Fuller, David P. Biros, Judee Burgoon, Jay Nunamaker

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Theories of deception have produced upwards of 150 potential verbal and nonverbal communication indicators. Of these, approximately 30 indicators, or cues, have been used previously with automated linguistic analysis tools to study text-based communication. The current research examines the interrelationships among these cues and proposes a set of specific constructs to be validated for high-stakes deception research. We analyzed linguistic-based cues extracted from 367 written statements prepared by suspects and victims of crimes on military bases. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to evaluate two models. The superior model retained seven constructs: quantity, specificity, affect, diversity, uncertainty, nonimmediacy, and activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-134
Number of pages18
JournalGroup Decision and Negotiation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Construct validation
  • Credibility assessment
  • Deception
  • High-stakes deception
  • Linguistic cues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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