Think you can tell when someone is lying? People who think they have good intuition and a ?gut instinct? about liars are worse at picking out liars than those who don?t, says Paul Seager of the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K. ?People generally aren?t very good at detecting lies — accuracy is between 45 and 65 per cent,? he says. ?So my interest is: are there ways of making people better lie detectors??
Seager showed 10 video clips of people lying or telling the truth about their favorite films or preferred ways of relaxing to 200 people. Half the people being tested believed they were very intuitive and got high scores on questionnaires designed to reveal this. The other half had low scores.