Lies are extremely difficult to detect. Research shows the average person gets it right by chance every so often. Part of the reason it is difficult is due to the amount of misinformation floating around. Our lie-detection training can give you the tools you need to become an expert at detecting deception. First, let’s dump the myths!

  • People don’t actually look away or fidget when they are lying. Some police forces still have this in their manual even though it is just plain wrong.
  • Even classically highly researched signs of lying are not that good. Less blinking, more pauses in talking, vocal tension, pupil dilation, chin raising, and nervousness don’t consistently mean someone is lying.
  • It may be particularly difficult to detect lies in close friends or partners as we have learned to trust them and don’t expect them to lie to us.

How do these misconceptions come about? We are badly informed in society by popular culture and think we display these signs when lying ourselves. What can Psychology research tell us about how to detect lies?

  • Individual differences are key. Some people’s natural behavior looks honest while another’s doesn’t.
  • Micro-expressions
    • Good lie detectors can pick up on facial movements that give away lies.
  • Vocal Inflection
    • There is evidence it is easier to detect lies just from the voice.
  • Rely On Intuition
    • People may be better at detecting lies with their intuition. Unconscious processes can be more effective than conscious directed thought.
  • Lying Is Hard Work
    • Putting more pressure on a suspected liar can help with lie detection.

Lie detection is a subtle art requiring very sharp senses. We can teach all you need to know through expert training.