The Art of Identifying Deception

  • James F. KennyEmail author


The art of identifying deception is not something new, and it has been utilized in many contexts. Over the past fifty years, numerous researchers have attempted to identify and interpret both verbal and nonverbal communications to help individuals make better judgments regarding business associates, clients, acquaintances, intimates, witnesses, and suspects in criminal cases. Identifying deception is an art rather than a science because research has only been able to find weak associations between interpersonal communications and deception. Most researchers agree that recognizing deception is difficult, but individual skills can be improved with proper training and practice. Effective training seeks to develop and improve a person’s abilities to observe, listen, and interpret deception. Practicing these skills can improve one’s ability to notice subtle expressions, gestures, and body movements that contradict verbal statements (Fig. 2.1).


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  1. 1.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA

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