Ecologies of Deception in Psychology and Rhetoric

Rivers, N. A. & Derksen, M., Dec-2015, In : Quarterly Journal of Speech. 101, 4, p. 633-654 22 p.

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This article explores deception through the lenses of rhetorical theory and experimental social psychology, thus performing an important interdisciplinary gesture. It argues that deception is emergent in experimental conditions as it likewise is in rhetorical encounters. In so doing, it builds toward an understanding of human agency outside the bounds of the subject/object split. Examining work on rhetorical ecologies and ambience on the one hand, and experimental social psychology on the other, the article argues that deception is not something that one person does to another, but rather is an emergent phenomenon within moments of encounter, whether they be rhetorical interactions or psychological experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-654
Number of pages22
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2015


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