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Response Time Concealed Information Test on Smartphones

Lukács, G; Kleinberg, B; Kunzi, M; Ansorge, U; (2020) Response Time Concealed Information Test on Smartphones. Collabra: Psychology , 6 (1) , Article 4. 10.1525/collabra.255. Green open access

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Abstract

The Response Time-Based Concealed Information Test (RT-CIT) can reveal when a person recognizes a relevant (probe) item among other, irrelevant items, based on comparatively slower responding to the probe item. Thereby, if a person is concealing the knowledge about the relevance of this item (e.g., recognizing it as a murder weapon), this deception can be revealed. So far, the RT-CIT has been used only on desktop computers. In Experiment 1 (n = 72; within-subject), we compare the probe-irrelevant differences when using the conventional desktop-based CIT to using a smartphone-based CIT, demonstrating practical equivalence. In Experiment 2 (n = 116; within-subject), we demonstrate that using thumbs for responses (while holding the smartphone) leads to equally efficient CIT results as using conventional index finger responses. At the same time, this second experiment also demonstrates how smartphone-based studies may be efficiently run in large groups, using the participants’ own smartphones. Finally, as an interesting addition, here for the first time we also measured keypress durations (i.e., the time durations of holding down the response keys) in the RT-CIT, which we found to be significantly shorter for probe than for irrelevant items.

Type: Article
Title: Response Time Concealed Information Test on Smartphones
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1525/collabra.255
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.255
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: deception, concealed information test, response time, smartphone, mobile
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10096429
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