Lie to Me Won’t Help You Detect Deception

Mike Murray sent this to me last week:

A beautifully recursive study has shown that viewing an episode of the psychology of deception TV series Lie To Me makes people worse at distinguishing truth from lies.

There is a lot of irony given the name of the show is “Lie to Me”.

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