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7 Reasons Your Brain Can't Spot A Liar

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 07/07/11 09:13 AM ET   Updated: 09/06/11 06:12 AM ET

Think you're adept at calling someone's bluff? Convinced you can spot a liar from halfway across the room? You're probably wrong, says a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

According to the research, led by psychologist Aldert Vrij of the University of Portsmouth in the UK, several factors contribute to our inability to tell when we're being deceived. Have you fallen victim to one (or more) of them?

Liars Get Ignored: The Ostrich Effect
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One reason deception goes undetected is because we don't want to uncover the truth, perhaps because the lie is easier to handle. This factor -- dubbed the "ostrich effect" by Vrij -- often leads to more serious lies, and therefore more serious implications.

One example of this cited by the study? The former President Bill Clinton / Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clinton's secretary, Betty Currie, tried to stop herself from learning details about the two's relationship so she wouldn't have to decide what to do with the information.
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