chapter  29
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Experiment on Faking Survey of Interpersonal Values

Sherwood Peres demonstrated that substantial distortion could be induced through the use of a strong instructional set. The SIV was administered twice to fifty-five male senior engineering students at the University of New Mexico. In the first administration, the students were asked to be completely honest and frank, as if they were in a guidance setting. In the second administration, which followed immediately, they were to assume that they were applying for a job at a prestigious neighboring electronics laboratory and were to respond as if they were really interested in the job. Significant mean differences on Support, Leadership, Conformity, and Independence were induced by the two instructional sets, presumably reflecting what these students considered to be valued characteristics ofthe newly employed engineer at the organization.