How to spot a liar: they are the one who will look you in the eye
PEOPLE who look you straight in the eye may be lying, research suggests.
A study of deception found that tics associated with untruths, such as shifts in eye gaze and hesitation, were actually more common in honest people.
Scientists suggested that liars may be skilled at suppressing such signals.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh used an interactive treasurehunting game, where players were free to lie at will, to assess the speech and gestures of liars and study how listeners interpreted clues to tell truth from falsehood. They found that listeners judged truthfulness extremely quickly – within a few hundred milliseconds of encountering a cue.
However, they also found common cues associated with lying were more likely to be given by truthful people.
Dr Martin Corley, lead researcher, said: “The findings suggest that we have strong preconceptions about the behaviour associated with lying, which we act on almost instinctively.
“However, we don’t necessarily produce these cues when we’re lying.”
The study is published in the Journal of Cognition.