Term of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Karen Naufel

Committee Member 1

Amy Hackney

Committee Member 2

Lawrence Locker


The use of deception in research has been a long-debated topic for several decades. Generally, research on deception has concerned its justifications, common methods, controversies, and uses inside and outside the broad field of psychology. Although the bulk of this research is typically concerned with exploring the potential drawbacks and controversies of deception on participants, the potential advantages and disadvantages to those implementing it has not been explored. More specifically, there are unanswered questions about what skills can be gained or perceived to be gained by research assistants utilizing deception. The present study explored whether deception utilization and/or the presence of training influenced perceived skills gained by research assistants. Our data includes a sample of students majoring in Psychology at Georgia Southern University. The study was severely underpowered, so the results provide no evidence supporting the hypothesis. However, the question of how students who utilize deception are perceived is important for further research efforts in this domain.

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