This research utilizes mouse tracking as a potential behavioral method to examine cognitive processes underlying faking on forced-choice personality inventories. Mouse tracking is a method from social categorization research that captures a variety of metrics related to motor movements, which are linked to cognitive processing. To explore the utility of this method, we examined differences in the mouse tracking metrics of those instructed to respond honestly or to fake. Our findings show that there is a distinguishable difference in the behavioral response of those who are faking when responding to pairs of personality descriptors presented in a forced-choice format compared to those who are responding honestly. Implications and contributions of this study include insights into the cognitive processing that can occur while responding to personality items when respondents are faking and a demonstration of how mouse tracking methods can be used to detect faking.

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Charles Scherbaum




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