Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 429–439 | Cite as

Miami University deception detection database

  • E. Paige LloydEmail author
  • Jason C. Deska
  • Kurt Hugenberg
  • Allen R. McConnell
  • Brandon T. Humphrey
  • Jonathan W. Kunstman


In the present work, we introduce the Miami University Deception Detection Database (MU3D), a free resource containing 320 videos of target individuals telling truths and lies. Eighty (20 Black female, 20 Black male, 20 White female, and 20 White male) different targets were recorded speaking honestly and dishonestly about their social relationships. Each target generated four different videos (i.e., positive truth, negative truth, positive lie, negative lie), yielding 320 videos fully crossing target race, target gender, statement valence, and statement veracity. These videos were transcribed by trained research assistants and evaluated by naïve raters. Descriptive analyses of the video characteristics (e.g., length) and subjective ratings (e.g., target attractiveness) are provided. The stimuli and an information codebook can be accessed free of charge for academic research purposes from The MU3D offers scholars the ability to conduct research using standardized stimuli that can aid in building more comprehensive theories of interpersonal sensitivity, enhance replication among labs, facilitate the use of signal detection analyses, and promote consideration of race, gender, and their interactive effects in deception detection research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Paige Lloyd
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jason C. Deska
    • 2
  • Kurt Hugenberg
    • 3
  • Allen R. McConnell
    • 4
  • Brandon T. Humphrey
    • 4
  • Jonathan W. Kunstman
    • 4
  1. 1.University of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  4. 4.Miami UniversityOxfordUSA

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