Lie to Me Season 2 Episode 6 “Lack of Candor” Comments
So the last few weeks I have written about how I hate the bastardization of the science in the show, the arrogance of Cal Lightman and the implausibility of what happens.
I have decided to stop ranting about the show in this blog and just talk about how cool the actual science is in real life.
Studying human behavior is just great. Even though psychology is the study of human behavior, you couldn’t imagine just how many psychologists who do research go through their careers without ever having actually measured behavior in their studies. Behavior is so complex, so fascinating.
It’s simply amazing what we do with our hands, bodies, and faces when we interact with others, and just go on with our everyday lives. In addition, so much of that is unconscious – we’re not even aware of what we are doing. In fact there have been a number of studies that have shown that what people think and say they do has little relationship with what they actually do, especially with regard to their facial expressions.
As I write this I am on a plane bound for Washington DC to teach the stuff that is talked about in the show. It is an amazing feeling to know that the scientific knowledge that one helped to create can be put to useful purposes to make the world a little safer, to help people be a little happier, or to help us get along a little better.
I think one of the most important lessons I have learned in the last few years working with the people we train is just how many good, honest, decent people there are out there who are doing whatever they can to make the world a better place to be. They – not the Cal Lightmans – are the true heroes of the world. Thinking about them is plenty motivation for me at my stage of life and career to keep doing the work I do, much more so that any scientific notoriety or the publication.
One behavior I wanted to comment about in the last show was Sheila’s head nod when she said “no.” While this is oftentimes a hot spot, sometimes it is not, because people often nod their head in affirmation with the question being asked while answering it. The opposite is also true – sometimes people shake their head “no” while saying “yes,” oftentimes to emphasize something in their response or in response to something else about the question.
Thus, as we have discussed in the past, a hot spot is never necessarily a sign of deception as is; it always has to be followed up with appropriate questioning, probing, and information gathering. They are signs that “there’s more to the story than is being told.”