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Detection of Deception in Adults and Children via Facial Expressions

Robert S. Feldman, Larry Jenkins and Oladeji Popoola
Child Development
Vol. 50, No. 2 (Jun., 1979), pp. 350-355
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1129409
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1129409
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Abstract

The ability of adult observers to detect verbal deception from the facial nonverbal behavior of 36 stimulus persons in 3 age groups (first graders, seventh graders, and college students) was examined. Stimulus persons were led to be verbally truthful or deceptive while they were interacting with an adult or were alone, and their facial expressions were secretly videotaped. Untrained, naive judges' ratings showed greater accuracy in decoding the first-grade stimulus persons than the older ones, although ratings of the seventh-grade and college-age stimulus persons suggested differences in the nature of the 2 groups' successful deception.

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