How To Catch A Liar

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Duped. Tricked. Hornswoggled. Deceived. How can you tell if someone is fooling you? According to a new article out in today's Science Times, it's all in how they tell the story. The new focus on interview content grows in part out of a frustration with previous methods that studied behavior — averted eyes, fidgeting, or sweating—and a lack in helpful technological advances. The more important point: How much detail does someone give you when they tell their story? Joining The Takeaway with more on this story is New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey. Listen in, and then try the technique out on a con-artist (or first date) near you.

Benedict Carey's article is part of the Science Times' special Forensics section. Read his article, "Judging Honesty By Words, Not Fidgets," and check out the rest of The New Forensics issue.

Also, if lying appeals to you, listen to Radio Lab's show on Deception.

Beating a polygraph test may not get you in the clear if you're lying. But just in case, watch this video for pointers.

Guests:

Benedict Carey

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya

Contributors:

Molly Webster

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