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The Philosophy of Deception$
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Clancy Martin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327939

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327939.001.0001

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Lie Catching and Microexpressions

Lie Catching and Microexpressions

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(p.118) 7 Lie Catching and Microexpressions
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The Philosophy of Deception
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Paul Ekman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327939.003.0008

This chapter considers two questions: Why are most people so lousy at catching liars? And what are the microexpressions that give liars away, and given that they are easy to learn, why do people have such trouble learning them? An interesting part of the discussion, which begins with a definition of lying, is that it does not hold that one must speak in order to lie, and one can lie without falsifying. It then proceeds to canvass the research on catching liars, which includes interesting information about why and when people lie, and at what costs they are willing to lie. Among many other reasons, it argues that many people are poor lie catchers and poor liars because of evolutionary history and ancestral environment.

Keywords:   lie catching, microexpressions, lying, liars

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