A Few Prolific Liars

  title={A Few Prolific Liars},
  author={Kim B. Serota and Timothy R. Levine},
  journal={Journal of Language and Social Psychology},
  pages={138 - 157}
It has been commonplace in the deception literature to assert the pervasive nature of deception in communication practices. Previous studies of lie prevalence find that lying is unusual compared to honest communication. Recent research, and reanalysis of previous studies reporting the frequency of lies, shows that most people are honest most of the time and the majority of lies are told by a few prolific liars. The current article reports a statistical method for distinguishing prolific liars… 

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