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Robert S. Feldman

Self-Presentation, Deception, and Nonverbal Behavior Research Interests

I study self-presentation in adults and children, both in terms of their verbal deception and nonverbal behavior. In this research, I look at the ways in which people use lying strategically in their social interactions, and the consequences of this deception.

A partial listing of my articles and books reporting this research includes:

  • Zimbler, M., & Feldman, R.S. (2011). Liar liar, hard-drive on fire: How media context affects lying behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 41, 2492-2507.
  • Feldman, R.S. (2009). The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships. NY: Twelve.
  • Tyler, J.M, & Feldman, R.S. (2007). The double-edged sword of excuses: When do they help, when do they hurt. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, 26, 659-688.
  • Tyler, J. M., Feldman, R.S., & Reichert, A. (2006) The price of deceptive behavior: Disliking and lying to people who lie to us. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 61-77
  • Weiss, B., & Feldman, R.S. (2006) Looking good and lying to do it: Deception as an impression management strategy in job interviews. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 1070-1086.
  • Tyler, J.M., & Feldman, R.S. (2005). Deflecting threat to one’s image: Dissembling personal information as a self-presentation strategy. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 27, 371-378.
  • Riggio, E., & Feldman, R.S. (Eds.) (2005). Applications of Nonverbal Communication. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Tyler, J. M., & Feldman, R. S. (2004) Truth, lies, and self-presentation: How gender and anticipated future interaction relate to deceptive behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 2602-2615.
  • Tyler, J.M., & Feldman, R.S. (2004) Cognitive demand and self-presentation efforts: The influence of situational importance and interaction goal. Self and Identity, 3, 364-377.
  • Forrest, J., Feldman, R.S., & Tyler, J.(2004). When accurate beliefs lead to better lie detection. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 764-780.
  • Philippot, P. & Feldman, R.S. (Eds.).(2004) The Regulation of Emotion. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Feldman, R.S., Forrest, J.A., & Happ, B.R. (2002.) Self-presentation and verbal deception: Do self-presenters lie more? Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 24, 163-170.

Reports of this research have been the focus of numerous media reports, including television and radio reports (Prime Time Thursday, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, CNN Morning Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered). My work has also been discussed in scores of newspapers and magazine articles, including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, and USA Today.