Signs may be deceptive for people who lie
THE VERBAL and physical signs of lying are harder to detect than people believe, a study has suggested.
Tests reveal that people are skilled at identifying commonly displayed cues, such as hesitations and hand gestures, but these signs are actually produced more often when someone is telling the truth.
Liars are also skilled at suppressing these signals to avoid detection, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found.
For their study, psychologists used an interactive game to assess the types of speech and gestures speakers produce when lying, and which clues listeners interpret as evidence that a statement is false.
The study is published in the