Bridging Self-Concept Maintenance and Truth-Default Theories

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dc.contributor Pederson, Joshua R.
dc.contributor Billings, Andrew C.
dc.contributor.advisor Griffin, Darrin J.
dc.contributor.author Laningham, Andrew Jospeh
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-23T14:33:46Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-23T14:33:46Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.other http://purl.lib.ua.edu/181435
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003874
dc.identifier.other Laningham_alatus_0004M_14556
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/8106
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The present research examines the effects of topic intensity, categorization, and the raising of attention to moral standards have on honesty in communication. This study sought to extend a theory of deception from behavioral economics, self-concept maintenance (Mazar et al., 2008), to the field of communication studies. Participants gave two extemporaneous speeches about their opinions on two social topics, one high-intensity and one low-intensity. Participants also completed a questionnaire in which they wrote about their speeches in an open-ended format and completed self-reported honesty measures. Half of the participants in the study received honesty reminders throughout the duration of the study. Analyses revealed that writing about a high-intensity topic significantly lowered the amount of self-references participants used, and significantly raised the amount of negative emotion present in their word choice as compared to writing about a low-intensity topic, which is an indication of deceit in communication. Writing about a high-intensity topic also lowered the amount of authenticity used in the word choice of participants. However, the intensity of the topic had no significant effect on the self-reported honesty scores of participants. Honesty reminders had no significant effect on the word choice of participants nor their self-reported honesty. The findings of this study provide insight into the effects of topic intensity and communication context on honesty and the self-concept of communicators, as well as reveal the extent to which the tenets of self-concept maintenance (Mazar et al., 2008) extend to communication. Limitations and future research are discussed.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject communication context en_US
dc.subject honesty reminders en_US
dc.subject self-concept maintenance en_US
dc.subject topic intensity en_US
dc.subject truth-default theory en_US
dc.subject deception en_US
dc.title Bridging Self-Concept Maintenance and Truth-Default Theories en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication
etdms.degree.discipline Communication
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master’s
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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