Date of Award

Spring 4-15-2011

Document Type


First Advisor

Caroline M. Kobek Pezzarossi

Second Advisor

Dennis Galvan


This study examines the impact of deception on gaze aversion and self-adaptors among culturally Deaf college students. Sixteen participants were randomly assigned to either truth telling scenarios or deceptive scenarios. Telling the truth or a lie did not have a significant effect on the rate of gaze aversion. However, among all subjects, regardless of whether they told the truth or lied, the rate of gaze aversion more than doubled when the confederate directly questioned them about the test answers. Deception had no effect on the rate of self-adaptors among subjects and between groups. These findings indicate that self-adaptors are not a good indicator of deception among Deaf people; however, the effect deception may have on gaze aversion warrants further research.



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