Social Perception

Surprise! The Subconscious Mind Is Super Lie Detector

LiveScience: 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 More

To Spot a Liar, Trust Your Instinct

Science Magazine: Unfortunately, spotting a liar isn’t as easy as checking to see if they have their fingers crossed behind their back. Yet, some scientists are saying we’re better at detecting a lie than we think. A study published this month in Psychological Science finds that our unconscious mind, or More

Your Unconscious Mind Is Better Than You Are at Detecting Lies

Pacific Standard: Can you tell if someone is lying to you? Newly published research suggests you actually have that ability—at least to an extent—but accessing it is a different story. In two experiments, researchers from the University of California-Berkeley found people are better at detecting deception using indirect methods that More

Young Children Form First Impressions From Faces

Just like adults, children as young as 3 tend to judge an individual’s character traits, such as trustworthiness and competence, simply by looking at the person’s face, new research shows. And they show remarkable consensus in the judgments they make, the findings suggest. The research, led by psychological scientist Emily More