Okay. This is FASCINATING! Being able to divine the truth, or at least determine when someone is lying is the stuff of great spy stories, war movies, epic action-dramas, even sci-fi/superhero blockbusters... Captain America and the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. could have certainly used a lot more of lie spotting early on in "The Winter Soldier" right?
(By the way, if you haven't already, you reeeeally should check out the BEST MARVEL UNIVERSE FILM TO DATE - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier.")
Deception can destroy confidence. Pamela Myer, the author of "Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception" and one of the most popular Ted Talks of all time, has made a career developing interview techniques and identifying verbal and non-verbal cues a person trying to lie to you might exhibit.
But let's bring this skill back down to Earth. Consider how your parents (or you readers who are parents) utilize lie spotting day-to-day. How does a mom know when her child is lying about where she was this afternoon? How does pops already know about those scratches on the car door did NOT just 'happen at the supermarket'? Or let's get real-life: How can an investigator know if a person of interest is telling the truth or not... or how might a spy counter lie spotting techniques?
Or to get really real... How will you determine whether the candidates are answering truthfully during the U.S. Presidential Debate?
(Tonight at 9PM EST. I'll be watching on PBS - available on TV or online here.)