Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Who's lying?

I read once that one nearly foolproof way to guess if someone is lying or not is by their...

(can you guess what it is?) 

Eye movement!  Specifically, the direction in which the person looks when he or she "searches" for information to respond to a question or create sentences.  Lies are creations, not facts.  It was explained that when we lie, we tend to look toward our creative right side (remember, the left side of the body is controlled by the right side of the brain, which is why, they say, left-handers are often more creatively inclined).  Our left-side, then, is generally the side connected to logic (and reality as it is).  For this reason, when we are discussing facts and figures, we often look up and to the left...seeking out the logical side of our brain.

I just saw this NY Times post about studies of people who were told to answer questions either with a truth or a lie.  I decided to play the game using solely what I had learned about eye movement and got 80% of them correct!  Additionally, one of the two that was wrong was a video of one of the participants whose eyes actually didn't track together, meaning that they don't move with 100% synchronization, so it's possible that the percentage would be even higher in favor of eye-movement as a means of determining lies from truths when we specify eye tracking for correct determination.

Do you have any other "sure-fire" ways to know when someone is lying?  Try them out on these participants and let us know how it worked!

Your body naturally shows your negative traits and intentions AND your positive and honest intentions...

Be the change!  Stay honest and help others do the same!
And remember: If you never lie, you don't have to remember anything!

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