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Targeted training teaches people to lie effectively

Practice helps people lie effectively, particularly when they know what is expected of them and want to avoid detection.

Researchers from Northwestern University compared groups instructed to speed up their lies while making fewer errors. In the group given training and time to prepare their lies, differences between lies and truthful answers were eliminated.

These findings may have implications for law enforcement and the administration of lie detector tests to better handle deception.

Read more at Futurity