Verbal lie detection

Aldert Vrij, Paul J. Taylor, Isabel Picornell

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In this chapter, we discuss verbal lie detection and will argue that speech content can be revealing about deception. Starting with a section discussing the, in our view, myth that non-verbal behaviour would be more revealing about deception than speech, we then provide an overview of verbal lie detection tools currently used. This is followed by an overview of interview techniques that have been recently developed and that are designed to enhance verbal differences between truth-tellers or liars, or to elicit such differences, and by an analysis of deceptive linguistic strategies. The interpersonal aspect of communication and its impact on when and how liars give themselves away will be discussed in the final section. Many of the overviews we will give are brief.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunication in investigative and legal contexts
Subtitle of host publicationintegrated approaches from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement
EditorsGavin Oxburgh, Trond Myklebust, Tim Grant, Rebecca Milne
ISBN (Print)9781118769232
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2015

Publication series

NamePsychology of Crime, Policing and Law


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