Signs may be de­cep­tive for peo­ple who lie

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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

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