The real truth about lying
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, the research has discovered.
Liars are also skilled at suppressing these signals to avoid detection, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found.
They said their study helps understand the psychological dynamics that shape deception.
Lead researcher Dr Martin Corley, said: “The findings suggests that we have strong preconceptions about the behaviour associated with lying, which we act on almost instinctively when listening to others.
“However, we don’t necessarily produce these cues when we’re lying, perhaps because we try to suppress them.”