How well do you mask lies?
Single or multiple submissions welcome. Make it a contest! Get your office involved. Assign yourself a 5-digit code to be placed on your writing sample. No identifying information please.
Instructions: Please write 4 paragraphs per the below instructions. You may print or write cursive on lined or unlined paper, and it does not matter if you write with a pen or pencil. Scan or photograph your completed statements and email or text them (with your 5-digit code) to: Michelle@MindSleuth.us or (800) 910-0270s. Results with 5-digit codes will be published on Facebook and in the Spring issue of eliteinvestigativejournal.com
PARAGRAPH #1– Copy the following paragraph.
I was asked to write an article about bitcoins. The editor will contact me with needed edits prior to publishing my article. The compensation will be in virtual dollars.
In 3 or more sentences, state your sex, age, your favorite pastime, and why you enjoy this pastime.
In 3 or more sentences, write about your dream vacation, as if you just returned from a week of rest and relaxation. Be creative! But, remember, you must have never experienced this vacation.
In 3 or more sentences, write about an incident which never occurred.
Thank you for your participation!
Dr. Michelle Doscher
- Facial expressions
- Body language
- Psycho-physiological responses
- Thought processes
- Written communication
Darting eyes, crossed arms, and flushed necks are all signs of deception, right? That is absolutely, positively not always the case. Mounds of research pinpoint specific cues to deception, yet most researchers agree multiple cues compared to baseline behaviors are needed to suggest acts of deception. Behavior is unique to individuals. Similarities exist, but unique identifiers, combined with content and contextual associations, are key.
Deception detectors often focus on cues for deception, while ignoring the truth bias approach. Assume everyone is telling the truth unless convinced otherwise. Know your subject’s truthful nonverbal expressions. Open-ended conversation with verifiable questions interspersed is a helpful exercise.
Truth-tellers sometimes exhibit deceptive cues in their attempt to convince others of their veracity. The lack of continuity, when recalling incidents, can be perceived as deceptive when in fact it is often quite the opposite. Non-spontaneous deceptive behavior is a rehearsal of determined incidents including temporal (time) details. Whereas, truthful comments can be sprinkled with spatial and temporal details, not always mentioned in the correct order. In other words, backtracking is common in truthful statements, where anxiety and cognitive load are factors.
Lastly, in a world of touch screens and laptops, handwritten communications are sparse. Recent research points to benefits of tell-all written statements and structured cognitive-behavioral interviews. Handwriting is brainwriting. Cognitive dissonance is not just for verbal communication anymore! Verbal pauses and various types of deception are not only visible but measurable in handwriting.