Search




Categories: Life

Eye contact reduces lying

A new study from the University of Tampere, Finland, found that eye contact can make us act more honestly

In everyday life, we often find ourselves in situations where we suspect that someone is being untruthful, whether it is a child claiming cluelessness about a missing cookie or a colleague arriving late and blaming the traffic. When asking the other person about the matter, a common intuition is to look them in the eyes. A recent study now suggests that, in situations like these, the use of eye contact may indeed be useful.

Psychologists at the University of Tampere, Finland, investigated the effect of another’s direct gaze on lying in an interactive experiment. In the experiment, participants played a lying game on a computer against another person. On each game trial, participants were first briefly presented with a view of the opponent through a smart glass window, after which they made a move in the game. Depending on the trial, the opponent either looked the participant in the eyes or downward toward their computer screen. The opponent’s direct gaze was found to reduce subsequent lying in the game.

The effect of watching eyes on dishonesty has also been previously investigated, but only with the use of eye images. In previous studies, these images have been shown to, for example, reduce taking drinks without paying or stealing bicycles.

“This was the first study to demonstrate the effect by using actual eye contact with another person and by measuring not just any form of dishonesty, but lying,” says Jonne Hietanen, the first author of the study.

The results have practical implications for both everyday and professional situations, such as police interrogations.

“However, because the results were obtained in an experimental situation, one must be careful not to draw too far-reaching conclusions,” Hietanen emphasizes.

Source: University of Tampere
Journal: Consciousness and Cognition
Funder: Alfred Kordelin Foundation
Related Journal Article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053810018304124?via%3Dihub

cheryl

Share
Published by
cheryl
Tags: dishonesty eye contact honesty

Recent Posts

  • Eat
  • Health
  • Life

Cooking vegetables: healthier with extra virgin olive oil

Mediterranean diet for better health Cooking vegetables in the sofrito (sauté) with extra virgin olive oil favours the absorption and…

20 hours ago
  • Health
  • Life

Two hours a week is key dose of nature for health and wellbeing

Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according…

2 days ago
  • Eat
  • Health

Increasing red meat intake linked with heightened risk of death

Swapping red meat for healthier animal or plant-based alternatives may lower risk Increasing red meat intake, particularly processed red meat,…

3 days ago
  • Drink
  • Eat
  • Health

Verifying ‘organic’ foods

Organic foods are increasingly popular -- and pricey. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without synthetic pesticides, and because of…

4 days ago
  • Eat
  • Health
  • Life

When it comes to food, one size doesn’t fit all: world’s largest scientific nutrition research project reveals even identical twins have different responses to food

The first results were revealed from the largest ongoing scientific nutrition study of its kind today, led by an international…

5 days ago
  • Drink
  • Eat
  • Health
  • Life

Food freshness sensors could replace ‘use-by’ dates to cut food waste

The researchers say the new sensors could help detect spoilage and reduce food waste for supermarkets and consumers. One in…

6 days ago