• Question: What are the tells that show someone is lying?

    Asked by nicolaaa to Pete, Amylou, Faye, John, Tess on 21 Jun 2012. This question was also asked by galkeviciute.
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      Pete Etchells answered on 21 Jun 2012:

      Interesting question! I’m not entirely sure, ‘cos it’s not an area of psychology that I actively research. I think things like avoiding eye contact and increased sweating might be indicative of lying in some people, but that’s not true across everyone. It also depends on what they’re lying about – if it’s something that you can ask for more details about, then you might be able to catch them out when they say inconsistent things.