deception: recent publications

Suppressed Emotions and Deception: The Discovery of Micro Expressions

Excerpt from Emotions Revealed pp. 213-215It was not my idea to find out how emotions might be useful in evaluating truthfulness.

The question arose nearly forty years ago when I first taught a class to psychiatric trainees at my university. While they were excited to hear about my research suggesting that emotional expressions are universal, what they really wanted was guidance about a critical decision they faced at the hospital: When a patient who had been admitted for acute depression requested a pass to return home for a day, claiming to feel much better and to no longer be thinking of suicide, how could they tell if the patient was telling the truth? Could the patient be lying to get free of the hospital’s supervision to take his or

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