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There are various approaches currently used to detect deception. While many of those approaches encounter different flaws, there is a constant factor that could affect lie detection, intuition. Intuition allows any person to detect some lies, but it also disrupts others, including trained professionals, from accurately detecting deception. When individuals communicate between each other they are able to experience and understand what others are feeling through empathy. Without realizing, people are able to use their intuition, empathy, and emotions to unconsciously detect some deception. However, truth tellers and liars could experience the same emotions regardless of the veracity of their statement. Since there are many emotions that are displayed by individuals by communicating, lie detectors are overwhelmed with different signals that affect their accuracy. How much does unconscious lie detection affect people’s ability to detect lies? In this study people’s ability to detect lies will be assess by comparing individual’s accuracy when detecting the veracity of statements that vary in the amount of emotions displayed. I hypothesize that people will be better at detecting deception from others if there is a lower display of emotions, because they will be able to concentrate on the statement and the few truthful or untruthful emotions displayed with it.

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