While looking for how to make a good introduction, I happened to watch TED Talk about "How to spot a liar" by Pamela Meyer. I like to play "Werewolf" or "Mafia", which is the game that spots the liar among ordinary player based on freestyle conversation. Whenever I took the role of a werewolf, I got nervous and felt my heartbeat.
Before watching this, here is my empirical intuition to spot a liar.
- a smile is a bit awkward
- less eye contact
- a topic is a bit different from usual
Basically, I am somehow sensing a liar from unusual behaviors.
Pamela mentioned the followings:
- More formal & distancing language from the subject
She took an example of Bill Clinton's claim. He used non-contracted denial i.e., "I did not have sexual relationships" and "that woman", which made more distance from the subject.
- Look an eye a little bit too much
People already know looking at the eyes indicates honesty, so liars tend to actually look at the eyes.
- Fake smile
People can create a fake smile but cannot control the botox around eyes.
When you talk with a suspect, he/she is ready to talk but usually not train the behavior. If the suspect was asked to talk about the sequence of events in reverse-chronological order, he/she will show some strange behavior. Inspectors are investigating that moment more in detail.
Not many tips were found for Werewolf this time. Any tips in your experience?