Do We Have Inner Lie Detectors?

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    Apr 27, 2014 5:37 PM GMT
    NYT: Most of us are bad at spotting a lie. At least consciously. New research, published last month in Psychological Science, suggests that we have good instincts for judging liars, but that they are so deeply buried that we can’t get at them. This finding is the work of Leanne ten Brinke, a forensic psychologist — she previously studied parents who killed their children and lied about it.

    There are many theories about why the ability to pick out liars gets lost in translation to consciousness. Dr. ten Brinke speculated that we tell one another little lies all the time — for survival, reproductive strategy, and so on — and that part of getting along socially is being able to let those harmless lies escape notice.

    Dr. ten Brinke has started a new experiment, one that she hopes will offer concrete tactics to help us identify liars. It entails measuring physiological symptoms like blood flow and perspiration in study subjects who are listening to a liar. That, too, is a twist. The traditional lie-detector test makes similar measures of a person suspected of lying. Maybe the better detector will be the person listening, at least if the conscious mind can be left out of it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/business/the-search-for-our-inner-lie-detectors.html?hpw&rref=science
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    Apr 27, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    I do, because I'm just like Judge Judy.
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    Apr 27, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
    I have no inner lie detector. I believe everything the Tea Party says. icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 27, 2014 7:14 PM GMT
    earlier i did not had one and was way too gullible, but now i am slowly learning to one recognize one when i see one.
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    Apr 27, 2014 7:26 PM GMT
    http://www.wikihow.com/Detect-Lies

    Look for nose touching and mouth covering.

    When people remember details, their eyes move up and to the left if they are right-handed. When right-handed people make something up, their eyes move up and to the right.

    Check for sweating.

    If the head is nodding or shaking in opposition to what is being said.

    Fidgeting.

    We naturally mirror the behavior of others with whom we're interacting; it's a way of establishing rapport and showing interest. When lying, mirroring may drop as the liar spends a lot of effort on creating another reality for the listener.

    A person may constantly be trying to lubricate their throat when they lie by swallowing, gulping or clearing their throat.

    A liar tends to breathe faster.
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    Apr 27, 2014 7:41 PM GMT
    I don't think we're born with inner lie detectors.
    I think it's a learned skill.
    Some people become better at it than others, definitely, but that can be said the same for any skill.
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    Apr 27, 2014 7:44 PM GMT
    no ppl aren't because i have gotten away with lots of lies.
    Mostly things about me not being able to do things for others because of some lie I would say....
    "oh i cant help u move today, I have to...... go..somewhere"
    "oh you look so cute!" jk, u look ugly.

    "omg, i love how you've decorated this place, it looks fab" no it doesn't u have shit taste and I dont respect u anymore...


    lying is necessary.
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    Apr 27, 2014 8:29 PM GMT
    Import saidno ppl aren't because i have gotten away with lots of lies.
    Mostly things about me not being able to do things for others because of some lie I would say....
    "oh i cant help u move today, I have to...... go..somewhere"
    "oh you look so cute!" jk, u look ugly.

    "omg, i love how you've decorated this place, it looks fab" no it doesn't u have shit taste and I dont respect u anymore...


    lying is necessary.

    As you get older, I think that cell, that is in charge of being considerate of peoples feelings gets burned out. At least it does in my case. I agree, that little white lies are necessary, but sometimes this other little trigger kicks in that says, if you were a real friend you would tell them the truth. 'That guy is a loser, I don't know why you continue to be with him' .... 'you're too old to wear clothes like that, they make you look ridiculous' ... and then pretty soon people don't want know your opinion anymore and don't want to talk to you icon_sad.gif

    When people ask for your opinion, they don't really want know the truth, they really just want you to affirm their choice.