Magazine article Psychology Today

Six Ways to Catch a Lie

Magazine article Psychology Today

Six Ways to Catch a Lie

Article excerpt

LYING TAKES MORE cognitive effort than being honest because one has to work harder to remember fabricated details than to recall realones. Psychologist Jacqueline Evans of the University of Texas at Tyler and her colleagues took advantage of this fact in developing a set of lie-detection guidelines that anyone can use. Here are some of the telltale cues that, when combined, signal deception.

1 MISSING DETAILS Someone honestly recounting an event might mention the kind of music playing in the background or the color of the flowers on the table. A liar skips many little flourishes because they are difficult to construct or to remember in later renditions.

2 CLAIMS OF FAULTY MEMORY Liars may give themselves the excuse of having a poor memory when, in reality, it's only the lies they're having trouble recalling.

3 CORRECTIONS OR CONTRADICTIONS Because liars have to backtrack in retelling, they will heavily edit their storiesas they speak. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.