Understanding the cognitive processes involved in faking behavior Year Two

Personality testing is widely used for personnel selection across a range of positions and industries. The detection and prevention of faking behavior is a key issue in this context. Faking occurs when applicants intentionally alter their responses to personality assessments in an attempt to enhance their probability of being selected for the job. As a result, applicant faking can interfere with the ability to make accurate hiring decisions. Although the detection and prevention of faking has been the subject of intense interest and research scrutiny, there has been little research exploring the cognitive processes underlying faking behavior. This project will address this important gap in the literature. As a publisher of pre-employment personality assessments, the industry partner is keenly interested in leveraging novel applications of cognitive science to address the faking issue and support development of testing technology designed to reduce applicants’ ability to fake.

Ruby Nadler
Superviseur universitaire: 
Dr. John Paul Minda
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