Conventional wisdom has it that when people talk, the direction of their eye movements reveals whether or not they’re lying. A glance up and to the left supposedly means a person is telling the truth, whereas a glance to the upper right signals deceit. However, new research thoroughly debunks these notions. As it turns out, you can’t smell a liar by where he looks.
Researchers in the United Kingdom investigated the alleged correlation between eye direction and lying after realizing it was being taught in behavioral training courses, seminars and on the Web without the support of a shred of scientific evidence. The idea has its roots in a largely discredited 1970s theory called Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a set of techniques intended to help people master social interactions.
- Eyes and lies: new research fails to support NLP theories on detecting liars [SciencePunk] (scienceblogs.com)
- Myth Busted: Looking Left or Right Doesn’t Indicate If You’re Lying (blogs.smithsonianmag.com)
- No truth in lying eyes conjecture say scientists (scotsman.com)
- Academics Say ‘No Truth’ to Lying Eyes Theory (pdresources.wordpress.com)
- The Eyes Don’t Have It: New Research Into Lying and Eye Movements (sott.net)
- NLP – Supposed Eye Movement When Lying, Doesn’t Work (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Eyes and lies: New study debunks connection of eye movement and dishonesty (cbsnews.com)
- ‘Lying eyes’ are a myth – looking to the right DOESN’T mean you are fibbing, say scientists after video study (dailymail.co.uk)
- Lying? Your Eyes May Not Give You Away (abcnews.go.com)