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How do you fake a personality test? An investigation of cognitive models of impression-managed responding

How do you fake a personality test? An investigation of cognitive models of impression-managed responding

Publication year: 2011
Source: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 28 June 2011
Mindy K., Shoss , Michael J, Strube

Because faking poses a threat to the validity of personality measures, research has focused on ways of detecting faking, including the use of response times. However, the applicability and validity of these approaches are dependent upon the actual cognitive process underlying faking. This study tested three competing cognitive models in order to identify the process underlying faking and to determine whether response time patterns are a viable method of detecting faking. Specifically, we used a within-subjects manipulation of instructions (respond honestly, make a good impression, make a specific impression) to examine whether the distribution of response times across response scale…
 Highlights: ► We tested three competing cognitive models of faking. ► The models make different predictions for response times across response scale options. ► We used a within-subjects manipulation to compare response time patterns for faking and honest responding. ► Individuals appear to reference a schema of an ideal respondent when faking. ► Response time patterns such as the well-known inverted-U cannot be used to identify faking.

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