The credibility of denials: poster presentation at XPrag 2022

September 24, 2022

Francesca Bonalumi and Belma Bumin presented their experimental work on plausible deniability, that they ran in cooperation with Thom Scott-Phillips and Christophe Heintz. Their experiment investigate how people react to denials in different situations. They presented labels to participants in which a protagonist denied having meant what was understood by the audience. They varied whether the protagonist had incentive to lie or not. They argue that audience reaction can result from retrospective interpretation of the utterance, but also from evaluating what arguments they have to defend the claim that the speaker lied.