What do Trump, the Chinese government and one of your friends, complimenting the clothing you recently acquired, while trying to suppress a grin, have in common? They are all bad liars.
Lies have always been of relevance, but nowadays they increasingly play a role in public life. The motivations for lying are diverse and range from manipulative to benevolent. May it be a company green-washing their products, a friend trying not to hurt any feelings, Trump trying to improve his polls, your parents telling you about Santa Claus or a government trying to improve its standing in the global community. Spotting them is often useful, but in times where the “mightiest man in the world” repeatedly gets accused of being a pathological liar, it is crucial. So, how can we differentiate a lie from a truth?
Some lies are easy to spot, as they are directly opposing accepted facts. Sadly, this will only apply to a very minor fraction of the lies you get told during your life. Therefore, you might want to improve your lie-detection skills, but how do you do that?
Previous research showed what cues you use for determining if something is a lie or a truth affects precision. Therefore, in our experiment, we examine which cues are used when assessing whether a story is a lie or a truth and how helpful they are. As previous research indicated, there may be a detrimental relationship between confidence in your lie-detection abilities and accuracy. If you, dear reader, now realize that you might be worse at spotting lies then you think, you might look forward to the results of our upcoming study “So You Think You Can Detect Lies”, as its results might help you to become better at discovering liars.
(Made by group number 38)