You, too, can be a perfect liar…with the right training. Don’t believe me? Why would I lie to you?
New Northwestern University research shows that lying is more malleable than previously thought, and with a certain amount of training and instruction, the art of deception can be perfected.
People generally take longer and make more mistakes when telling lies than telling the truth, because they are holding two conflicting answers in mind and suppressing the honest response, previous research has shown. Consequently, researchers in the present study investigated whether lying can be trained to be more automatic and less task demanding.
This research could have implications for law enforcement and the administering of lie detector tests to better handle deceptions in more realistic scenarios.
Researchers found that instruction alone significantly reduced reaction times associated with participants’ deceptive responses.
The researchers say that with enough training, it might also be possible to regulate the physiological cues that give away liars.