Human beings are abysmal at detecting lies consciously, but their subconscious mind may have a better nose for deceit, new research suggests.
People who are asked to detect people lying about a theft do no better than chance when asked to explicitly sniff out the liars, but are more likely to link liars with words like “untruthful,” according to a study published online March 21 in the journal Psychological Science.
Scores of studies have shown that humans are bad lie detectors.
“If I give you ten videos where five people are lying and five people are telling the truth, I can predict that you and everybody else is going to perform at 50 percent,” said study co-author Leanne ten Brinke, a social psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley. “It’s just as accurate as flipping a coin
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