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To Spot a Liar, Trust Your Instinct

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 intuition, may be more accurate than our conscious mind at detecting dishonesty. By seeking out commonly held misbeliefs about behaviors associated with deceit, like gaze aversion and fidgeting, the human consciousness ends up muddling our intuition, Pacific Standard reports. The findings suggest that if we can put aside our biases, we may be able to truly spot a liar.

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