A study published in the prestigious scientific journal of Personality and Social Psychology Review in 2006 revealed only 54-percent chance of accurately detecting lies. This study included nonexpert judges and expert judges such as police officers, detectives, judges, interrogators, criminals, customs officials, mental health professionals, polygraph examiners, job interviewers, federal agents, and auditors. These odds are slightly better than a coin toss!
The above findings reflect the misconceptions people have by default regarding deception detection. Fortunately, in the last decade, there have been major strides made regarding evaluations of deception, thus, significantly improving detection accuracy rates. This keynote offers sophisticated, evidence-based training in lie detection through the use of theory, practice, and real-world videotaped case studies. Implications are discussed in the context of leadership.