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Detecting Lies – Research and Resources
Lying Articles, Links, Videos and More
Since publishing How to Detect Lies, I recieve tons of email from students, writers and researchers requesting more information on lie detection.
Visitors have asked about or commented on body language, statement analysis, micro expressions, forensic psychology, etc.
This led me to researching and creating more articles, and now “How to Detect Lies” has grown into 5+ part series.
In addition, you’ll find tons of related articles, videos, book suggestions and web sites of interest if you are searching for more detailed information. (Last update: Jan 23rd, 2013)
However, I am not an expert on lie detection … just an information gatherer & publisher. (and mom) This page is for those who, like me, need as much information on a topic as possible.
I’ve worked to put together thoroughly researched articles with lots of illustrations and tons of links, videos and books for those looking to study the nitty-gritty of the subjects covered here.
Lucky for you, I have even managed to get an expert guest author: Mark McClish. You’ll find his introduction to statement analysis really interesting. There are also plenty of links for those interested in studying forensic psychology.
Videos dealing with a range of topics from polygraphs to statement analysis can also be found near the bottom of the page along with recommended books on lies and deception.
Lie Detection Information – How to Detect Lies
Features here on Blifaloo. A selection of articles covering different theories of lie detection, both through body language gestures and verbal cues. Broken into 5 tasty parts for easy digestion.
General Lying Cues & Body Language:
How to Detect Lies (part 1) <– Popular Learn the secrets to become a human lie detector. General overview of both verbal and non-verbal cues that signal deception. This has long been the most popular article on Blifaloo.com
Eye Movement and Lying (part 2) How to tell if someone is lying based on the movements of their eyes. Read the research behind this theory of eye direction and what it can reveal about our inner state of mind.
Micro Expressions and Lying (part 3) Micro Expressions betray us when we lie. We can try to cover our feelings with fake smiles, but involuntary face muscles reveal this hidden emotions. Good introduction with plenty of links and resources.
Statement Analysis – Intro and Resources (part 4) Introduction to the process used by investigators for analyzing a person’s words to determine if the subject is being truthful or deceptive. By guest author Mark McClish, Retired U.S. Secret Service Federal Marshall.
Statement Analysis Unique Words: “Never” (part 4b) Detecting Deception Using Statement Analysis. Mark McClish explains how the word “never” can be a signal of deception…if you know what to look (or listen) for.
Unique Words: “Actually” (part 4c) When people use the word “actually” they are comparing two thoughts. Take a look at the following article for Mark McClish’s expert take on this unique word in its relation to deception.
Word nerd? You may also be interested in my Linguistics Resource page.
The Psychology of Lies:
The Psychology of Lying – (part 5) <– Newest Why do people lie, and how often? Also touches on pathological liars along with further resources on the web and recommended books.
Lie Detection / Forensic Psychology Info & Links:
Three Kinds of Deception – Podcast by This American Life. “A story of self-deception, a story about deceiving others, and a story about accidental deception. And how one type of deception can easily turn into another.”
Micro Expressions and Lying Researchers & Writers:
Dr. Paul Ekman – Pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to facial expressions. Developed FACS. Also see: Ekman’s Website , Books by Paul Ekman on Amazon.com. Also see the Wizards Project.
Statement Analysis / Linguistic Forensics:
Also known as Discourse Analysis, a very interesting field applied linguistics.
Mark McClish – Statement Analysis expert offers training and related software.
Verbal Analysis vs Body Language – Mark McClish explains the importance of linguistic cues and the roll of non-verbal gestures in interrogative investigations.
Forensic Linguistics – Entry on Wikipedia.
Lie Detection Criticisms and Controversy:
Acronyms to Know:
NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming
VSA – Voice Stress Analysis
FACS – Facial Action Coding System
The interest in careers for psychology students within the field of law and criminal justice have been rising in the last decade. The salary for Forensic Psychologist: PayScale.com reports a range that started at $42,800 to $82,672+.
Links and resources dealing with forensic psychology:
BBC on Forensic psychology – Quick overview with main concepts.
Forensic Psychology on Wikipedia – More in-depth guide.
Graduate Programs in Psychology – Overview of various psychology graduate programs including forensic psychology. Tips on choosing a field of specialty and recommended books.
Online Video Clips – Lie Detection, Micro Expressions, Forensic Linguistics
Newest vids will be added to the top of their own section.
Video about Forensic Linguistics – Linguist as detective & expert witness. On youtube.
Micro Expressions and Lying Videos:
Thought Moments – During interviews with people on the city streets, the micro-expressions of the interviewees are slowed down and eye direction is tracked, highlighting the responses to ten simple questions.
Steve Van Aperen on How to detect lies – tips on how to spot a liar.
Paul Ekman video about lying and micro expression research.
Truth Wizards – Excerpt from the documentary “Exposed – Liars”.
Michael Shermer Tests the Polygraph and Lie Detection Part 1 | Part 2 – Can the polygraph machine really scientifically measure if someone is lying, or are all those graphs and numbers just pseudo science in the service of law enforcement?
How to Beat a Polygraph Test – AntiPolygraph.org’s George Maschke speaks with Nick Frost about how to fool a polygraph.
Mythbusters on Lie Detection:
Books on Detecting Lies, Body Language, Micro Expression, NLP, Forensic Psych. etc.
Here are my top picks for good books dealing with lie detection, micro expressions, forensic psychology, statement analysis and related topics.
More books are also featured on each individual article page — specific to the page’s main topic.