The eyes have it (or do they?)

September 6, 2012

If you read the Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) literature it often points towards the ‘fact’ that certain sorts of eye movement are associated with lying. For example, that looking up to the right suggests a lie, whereas looking up to the left is associated with telling the truth. Surprisingly little research has been conducted to test whether this is the case… Well, now it has, and the conclusion is that eye movements are not related to lying.  Which makes sense, especially if you know anything about neuroscience. It’s also in line with other research that suggests that facial cues, in general, are poor indicators of lying. Yep, it really is just an itchy nose or a ticklish ear.

More info: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0040259


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