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Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
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Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

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The truth about deception

The truth about deception

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(p.271) Chapter 17 The truth about deception
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Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain
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Aldert Vrij

Samantha Mann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0018

Everybody knows what it is to lie, including young children. This familiarity with lying surely makes people knowledgeable about deception. Fortunately, most people do not make good liars. They reveal their deceit by behaving nervously and avoiding eye contact. Many lies told in everyday life are not serious and are meant to smooth social interactions, to protect one from psychological harm, and to make one feel better. In other words, often deception can be viewed as a ‘social lubricant’, without which social exchanges would rapidly seize up and rust.

Keywords:   deception, lying, deceit, eye contact

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