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Give two choices to liars

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Need to weed out a liar? Try tricking them with a choice. Because liars have to think so much to keep track of their lies, they'll often be unable to come up with an alternate to the options you provide.

Liars, when faced with two choices, tend to pick one of the choices presented rather than seeking a third alternative. This tendency is due to cognitive overload. Truthful people do not experience cognitive overload; they simply convey facts. Liars, on the other hand, are operating at near-full or full cognitive capacity depending on the complexity of the lies.

[Lifehacker]

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