Language of lies : Urgent issues and prospects in verbal lie detection research

Nahari, Galit and Ashkenazi, Tzachi and Fisher, Ronald P. and Granhag, Par Anders and Hershkowitz, Irit and Masip, Jaume and Meijer, Ewout H. and Nisin, Zvi and Sarid, Nadav and Taylor, Paul Jonathon and Verschuere, Bruno and Vrij, Aldert (2019) Language of lies : Urgent issues and prospects in verbal lie detection research. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 24 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1355-3259

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Since its introduction into the field of deception detection, the verbal channel has become a rapidly growing area of research. The basic assumption is that liars differ from truth tellers in their verbal behaviour, making it possible to classify them by inspecting their verbal accounts. However, as noted in conferences and in private communication between researchers, the field of verbal lie detection faces several challenges that merit focused attention. The first author therefore proposed a workshop with the mission of promoting solutions for urgent issues in the field. Nine researchers and three practitioners with experience in credibility assessments gathered for 3 days of discussion at Bar‐Ilan University (Israel) in the first international verbal lie detection workshop. The primary session of the workshop took place the morning of the first day. In this session, each of the participants had up to 10 min to deliver a brief message, using just one slide. Researchers were asked to answer the question: ‘In your view, what is the most urgent, unsolved question/issue in verbal lie detection?’ Similarly, practitioners were asked: ‘As a practitioner, what question/issue do you wish verbal lie detection research would address?’ The issues raised served as the basis for the discussions that were held throughout the workshop. The current paper first presents the urgent, unsolved issues raised by the workshop group members in the main session, followed by a message to researchers in the field, designed to deliver the insights, decisions, and conclusions resulting from the discussions.

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Legal and Criminological Psychology
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Nahari, G. , Ashkenazi, T. , Fisher, R. P., Granhag, P. , Hershkowitz, I. , Masip, J. , Meijer, E. H., Nisin, Z. , Sarid, N. , Taylor, P. J., Verschuere, B. and Vrij, A. (2019), ‘Language of lies’: Urgent issues and prospects in verbal lie detection research. Leg Crim Psychol, 24: 1-23. doi:10.1111/lcrp.12148 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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?? verbal lie detectiondetection deceptionverbal cuescriteria‐based content analysisreality monitoringverifiability approachtheory–protocol–procedure paradigmworkshop proceedingspathology and forensic medicineapplied psychology ??
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