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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Commentaries in Special Issue: The Debate on the Unconscious in Lie Detection

05.11.2020, by Tina Keil in announcement

Frontiers in Psychology
Submission deadline: June 30th, 2021

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Can unconscious thought boost lie detection accuracy? Recently this question has been the topic of much debate. This special issue (link below) in Frontiers in Psychology aims to formalise this debate. In this issue, two target articles take contrasting views of unconscious lie detection.

We would like to invite you to contribute to the debate with a short commentary article addressing one or both of the target articles. No new data is required.

The target article by Stel, Schwarz, van Dijk and van Knippenberg (2020) present evidence that deliberative conscious processing can hinder accurate detection of the truth. The second target article by Levine (2019) offers a critical analysis of unconscious lie detection and argues that the evidence to date is unconvincing.

Informal enquiries are welcomed.

Chris Street (
Emmanouil Konstantinidis (
Axel Cleeremans (
Marc-Andre Reinhard (