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How to spot a liar - Pamela Meyer

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People can be exposed to hundreds of lies each day about both serious and harmless things. Because of this, it’s important to be able to understand how to recognize deception. Using verbal and non-verbal clues, anyone can learn to analyze body language to become a truth seeker. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

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If you enjoyed this video and want to learn more about deception detection, check out Pamela Meyer’s book Liespotting. It will teach you analytical and interpretive techniques guaranteed to detect lying and all other forms of verbal deceit. These techniques were developed by national intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies over the last 75 years. Many of these highly sophisticated techniques were discovered and refined by the top psychologists and psychiatrists. Learn some of the basics here.Check out this link to hear Pamela Meyer’s podcast with Dr. Phil, where they discuss more tips and tricks to liespotting.Are you fascinated by the science and innovation that makes liespotting possible? Check out Converus, a company focused on providing cutting-edge technology to organizations around the world seeking to eliminate fraud.People have watched so many historic events unfold right in front of their eyes. We see it and we believe it, but there is new technology that allows video to be changed and manipulated by the creator. This technology is raching a point where it will soon be impossible to tell what is real and what is a "deepfake". With the advent of "deepfakes" people are going to need to be able to better spot what is real and what is a lie.Want to read some more books on deception? Here is Pamela’s recommended list to learn more on how to spot a liar.

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