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Why we’re so bad at spotting lies – most of us only perform slightly better than chance

By Geoff Beattie, Professor of Psychology, Edge Hill University
You don’t have to be in the middle of an election campaign to be concerned about your ability to spot a lie. Psychology research suggests people lie at least once a day.

A 2006 review of 206 papers found that we are little better then chance at guessing whether something is a lie or not, 54% to be exact.

Some lies are told to make others feel better. I wouldn’t mind if someone wanted to tell me, “You’re such…The Conversation

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