What's more likely to reveal liars

What's more likely to reveal liars

  • Focusing on verbal cues, like strategically withholding evidence longer, allowing a person to speak more freely, can lead liars into contradictions. Experiments based on this showed significant improvement in lie detection accuracy rate.
  • Truth tellers usually report more details when verbally sketching a scene. It taps our spatial memory, power of recall. The UK police work with psychology researchers to use this type of interview to detect lies.

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Why You Can't Spot a Liar Just by Looking

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Myths about liars - what research says about it

According to deception researcher Maria Hartwig, it's a misconception that you can spot a liar by the way they act.

Despite decades of searching, researchers have found little evidence to support belief about liar's behaviors such as - averted gaze, rapid blinking, talking louder, shrugging, fidgeting, stuttering, movement of the hands, arms, or legs, exaggerated yawning, covering the mouth while speaking, whistling, excessive personal grooming .

None proved reliable indicators of a liar.

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Not all liars are alike

Deceivers can successfully hide nervousness. “The whole point is, liars do feel more nervous, but that’s an internal feeling as opposed to how they behave as observed by others.” says Ronald Fisher who trains FBI agents.

Even when the stakes are high, some liars can control their behavior to counter the stereotypes. 

So, behavioral analysis shouldn't be the end rule to decide whether someone is lying or not.

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Body Language

While body language cues can offer clues to deceptions, it is often not good enough. More accurate signals are:

  • Intentionally leaving out important details.
  • If the person seems unsure or insecure.
  • Shrugging, lack of expression, and a bored posture.
  • Thinking too hard to fill in the details of the story.

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Do You Notice the Signs When Someone Is Lying?

verywellmind.com

To lie is human
  • Lying is something that most people are very practiced in. We lie in big and small ways, to strangers, co-workers, friends, and loved ones.
  • Researchers found that people lie on average one or two times a day, mostly to hide inadequacies or to protect others' feelings.
  • Many lie and deceive to gain unjust rewards.
  • Sometimes people lie to inflate their image or to cover up bad behavior.
  • Even science contains deceivers, such as physicist Jan Hendrik Schön, who claimed a breakthrough in molecular semiconductor research, which later proved to be fraudulent.

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Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways

nationalgeographic.com

Deceptive people can flood you with truthful answers and make you believe that they are good people. 

Filter through all the information that is meant to deceive you to get to the real untruths.

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How To Spot A Lie In 5 Seconds (And The Biggest Lie I Ever Told In PR)

forbes.com