Date of Graduation

Summer 2017


Master of Science in Psychology



Committee Chair

Donald Fischer


implicit association test, character failure, psychopathy, dark triad, integrity, personality, counterproductive work behavior, organizational citizenship behavior

Subject Categories

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organization Development


The present study examined the incremental predictive validity of two overt-based Implicit Association Tests (IATs) and three personality-based IATs for behavior related to integrity and character. The overt-based IATs assess attributes related to self and honesty. The personality-based IATs assess attributes related to the “dark triad” of personality – Machiavellianism, subclinical narcissism, and subclinical psychopathy. A temptation manipulation provided opportunities for subjects to lie, cheat, and steal on a number finding task, to receive a greater financial reward. In addition to the five IATs, subjects also completed five explicit (self-report) overt and personality-based integrity measures. Findings did not support the predictive power or the incremental validity of the IATs but the impression management subscale of the explicit personality-based Paulhus Deception Scale could predict the criterion behavior for only those who lied.


© Andrew C. Schneider

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