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The Truth About Lying: It’s The Hands That Betray You, Not The Eyes

“Lying eyes” are actually a myth.

Dr Caroline Watt, from the University of Edinburgh, said: “A large percentage of the public believes that certain eye movements are a sign of lying, and this idea is even taught in organisational training courses.

“Our research provides no support for the idea and so suggests that it is time to abandon this approach to detecting deceit.” (via The Independent)

So why do we do it?

Our brain’s long-term memory is like an internalized landscape. We don’t need our eyes to scan it, but “our eyes go along for the ride,” Ehrlichman says, even if we’re not looking for anything visual. (via MSNBC)

Still curious? Paul Ekman, the real life master of detecting lies, wrote a book you might find interesting: Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage.