Deadline: 2019-03-31 Award: $125,000 Open to: Everyone 18+*
Every day we make decisions about whether the people and information sources around us are reliable, honest, and trustworthy – the person, their actions, what they say, a news source, or the actual information being conveyed. Often, the only tool to help us make those decisions are our own judgments based on current or past experiences.
There are many technologies and techniques used to test credibility But how do we know the results of those credibility tools are trustworthy? A standardized method is needed to evaluate credibility assessments.
For some in-person and virtual interactions there are tools to aid our judgments. These might include listening to the way someone tells a story, looking at a user badge, validating with other people - or in more formal settings, verifying biometrics or recording someone’s physiological responses, i.e. the polygraph.
Many studies have tested a variety of credibility assessment techniques and have attempted to use them to rigorously determine when a source and/or a message is credible and, more specifically, when a person is lying or telling the truth.
Despite the large and lengthy investment in such research, a rigorous set of valid methods that are useful in determining the credibility of a source or their information across different applications remains difficult to achieve.