The Truth Behind the Lies

March 23, 2011

I don’t know how many of you have ever seen the show Lie to Me, but it is a show based on the real life experiences of Paul Ekman. Paul Ekman is a leading researcher in the field of micro expressions. In fact, Mr. Ekman has literally written the book on the identification and recognition of micro expressions on subject’s faces. Micro expressions are subconscious facial expressions that one cannot control when certain emotions are evoked. These facial expressions only last for a split second, but if you can train yourself to recognize these universal expressions, you can become a human lie detector. There are seven basic emotions that all have specific universal expressions and they are happy, sad,surprised, anger, contempt, fear and disgust.


There are several facial indicators to help recognize these micro expressions and these  are some of the locations that experts focus on when trying to catch a micro expression. You may be reading this and thinking that it would be easy to identify these expressions but this video might make you think otherwise. When Paul Ekman slows the video down, it is only then that you recognize the micro expression that lasted less than one twentieth of a second. This show sparked my interests in micro expressions. I thought it was fascinating how we all have universal faces for certain emotions and I think that with the right training, this could be a very useful tool for you in your every day life. Mr. Ekman has released programs such as M.E.T.T., S.E.T.T., FACS, and FACE. All these programs let you develop your skills in seeing these micro expressions. Although I was skeptical at first, I tried the M.E.T.T. training software and within a week I was picking up on subtle facial expressions and other nuances that many would never even see. As you go on it also touches on vocal fluctuations and other bodily sign language that can help you recognize when someone is lying to you. If you want to see how good you are at identifying these expressions you can try the demo. Just click Start.  Here’s some examples I could find.






One Response to “The Truth Behind the Lies”

  1. Caron said

    Amazing research. Be interesting to watch our videos with this in mind

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