I know Vanessa has a post on the Science of People blog on her recommended readings for lie detection and non-verbal behavior. If you guys are anything like me, you just eat this material up and can’t get enough! So I’ve created this conversation for people to post their recommended readings in either the realm of lie detection or non-verbal communication. If you would like to post your personal thoughts on some of the books you’ve read, that would be super helpful! I’ll go first.
If you want to brush up on the universal expressions, be able to identify subtle expressions (low intensity emotions), squelched expressions (when someone begins to show an emotion, realizes this, then attempts to change their emotional expression), or blended expressions, I recommend the following books by Paul Eckman: Emotions Revealed and Unmasking the Face.
For learning more on non-verbal red flags for deception, I strongly recommend Paul Eckman’s Telling Lies and Cliff Lansley’s Getting to the Truth. Telling Lies covers much of the research by Eckman himself and covers topics such as manipulators, illustrators, the Brokaw hazard and Othello error, and clues to deceit from the voice, body, and face.
I’m really enjoying Getting to the Truth. In this book, Lansley discusses the different PiNs (points of interest) across different “channels:” the voice, the verbal content, the face, the body, the interactional style of a person, and psychophysiology. Lansley, like others who study deception detection, argues there is no one clue to deceit, but instead the investigator should “look for 3 or more PiNs across 2 or more channels that occur within 7 seconds.” Lansley and the EIA also have an online course called “Behavioral Analysis” where they cover the PiNs in more depths complete with audio and visual examples.
After reading these books, I feel like I should be on Lightman’s staff in the show Lie to Me!