August 20, 2008

How to Spot a Liar

They hold off blinking while telling you the lie, then blink in a flurry afterwards.

It's all to do with the 'blinking' obvious

Liars blink in different ways during and after a falsehood, researchers claim.

They blink less than normal during the lie, and then have a flurry up to eight times faster than usual afterwards.

'It is striking what different patterns in eye blinks emerged for liars and truth tellers,' said Dr Sharon Leal, co-author of the study at Portsmouth University.

'Such striking differences in behaviour between liars and truth tellers are rarely seen in deception research.'

The psychologists say that the discovery, reported in the Journal of Non-verbal Behaviour, means that blink rates could be used by professionals to catch liar

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