A plea for process in personality prevarication

Nathan R. Kuncel, Lewis R. Goldberg, Tom Kiger

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We make a series of recommendations for focusing research on personality test faking. Overall we suggest that a focus on the response process that test takers go through will accelerate our understanding of faking behavior. We argue that the decision-making process for faking must be simple and dependent on a modest set of decision rules or heuristics. The set of heuristics used by any given test taker will, in turn, be the result of test taker goals and situational press. By focusing in on what the test taker is doing, we will avoid adopting the wrong frame of reference and, we hope, make ever more rapid progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-378
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Performance
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2011

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Funding Information:
Funds for Lewis R. Goldberg were provided by Grant AG20048 from the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Public Health Service.


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