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Lying Definition

Lying is the telling of lies, or false statements; untruthfulness.

Advances in Lie Detecting Technology

Five emerging lie detection techniques are becoming more popular as time goes on. Recent advances in neuroscience promise to bring lie detection technology far beyond the unreliable polygraph. The polygraph has never been accurate enough for it to be taken seriously in court. These vary from measuring brain waves to catching facial expressions made in a fraction of a second. The most promising of these techniques is fMRI, which measures oxygen usage throughout the brain. Active parts of the brain use more oxygen than inactive portions, so the fMRI can accurately pinpoint the parts of the brain at work at any given time. People who were lying activated a greater percentage of their brains than subjects who were telling the truth.
At first, the technology will likely be used only with permission of the person who it will be used with. But scientists predict that, in time, advanced lie detection techniques will be used in civil and criminal investigations and possibly even in court trials.

Meda Influences

It is no secret that the media lies. Magazines like Us, People, and OK! all portray the lives of celebrities in the extremes. They make up the most radical stories and rumors, and back them up with what seems to be rock hard facts. The media then turns to the public. They seem to make requirements on what to wear, how to style your hair, how to do your makeup, what your body should look like, what you should eat, and more. Commercials exaggerate the effectiveness of their products. How do we differentiate between truth and lie? The only way is to decide for oneself. Recognize the difference between what is right and what is wrong based on your moral values and principals.

Interpersonal Communication: Lying

We operate in interpersonal communication assuming that people tell the truth, but in reality, people lie. In fact, many view lying as quite common whether in politics, business, or interpersonal relationships. Lying refers to the act of sending messages with the intention of giving another person information you believe to be false. Lying involves some kind of verbal and/or nonverbal message sending and the reception by another person. Even the absence of facial expression or the absence of any verbal comment also communicates. The message must be sent to intentionally deceive. If you give false information to someone but you believe it to be true, then you haven’t lied. You do lie when you send information that you believe to be untrue and you intend to mislead the other person.

Signs Someone Is Lying

  • Using humor or sarcasm to avoid a subject.
  • Uncomfortable facing his questioner/accuser and may turn his head or body away.
  • Hands touching their face, throat & mouth.
  • Gestures/expressions don’t match the verbal statement, such as frowning when saying “I love you.”
  • A statement with a contraction is more likely to be truthful: “ I didn't do it” instead of “I did not do it”
  • The guilty person may speak more than natural, adding unnecessary details to convince you.

Positive and Negative Effects

Positive: White lies, keeping some information out that would be better to be unknown, and earning an honest reputation(if you don't lie).

Negative: Withholding information, breaking someone's trust, and earning a lying reputation.

The Science of Lying