Recognizing Deception Essay

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RECOGNIZING DECEPTION Phase 3 - Written Research Report November 29, 2011 Nicole Veenema, Jessica Haydar, Kaitlyn Hay, Krista Marshall DSN4055 - Developmental Psychology RECOGNIZING DECEPTION 1.Research Question: Can you recognize deception through non-verbal cues? 2. Rationale: Researching and being able to recognize deception is relevant and important to society because human communication is an extremely complex exchange. “While speaking a person produces around 75-100 verbal and non-verbal cues per second. With the average person capable of only processing around 7 bits of information at one time, its no wonder that so many of us can be deceived.” (Ekman, 2007) It is important to recognize these cues so that we can avoid being deceived. This research applies to any age, but it is especially important to research children. At this young age, children have not yet developed their communication skills and are experimenting with people’s reactions to their actions. It is important to recognize and pinpoint lying behavior early on in development so that actions can be taken to prevent lying from developing into a finely tuned skill. Preventing deception at an early age will stop deception at a mature age, when the consequences could be great. Being able to detect deception is very beneficial when it comes to situations in which absolute truth is sought after. For example, in crimes it is crucial that the witness’ tell the truth and don’t twist their story at all. It is also important for potential employers to be able to hire people who are truly as skilled as they say they are, and be able to trust them in their company. Furthermore, deception is a major relational transgression that often leads to feelings of betrayal and distrust within relationships. Deception violates relational rules and is considered to be a negative violation of
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