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Verbal cues to deceit when lying through omitting information

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Background: Lying through omitting information has been neglected in verbal lie detection research. The task is challenging: Can we decipher from the truthful information a lie teller provides that s/he is hiding something? We expected this to be the case because of lie tellers’ inclination to keep their stories simple. We predicted lie tellers to provide fewer details and fewer complications than truth tellers, the latter particularly after exposure to a Model Statement.

Method: A total of 44 truth tellers and 41 lie tellers were interviewed about a conversation (debriefing interview) they had taken part in earlier. Lie tellers were asked not to discuss one aspect of that debriefing interview.

Results: Results showed that truth tellers reported more complications than lie tellers after exposure to a Model Statement.

Conclusion: Ideas about future research in lying through omissions are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-294
JournalLegal and Criminological Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date10 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020


  • Verbal cues to deceit when lying

    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Leal, S., Vrij, A., Deeb, H., Hudson, C., Capuozzo, P. and Fisher, R.P. (2020), Verbal cues to deceit when lying through omitting information. Leg Crim Psychol. doi:10.1111/lcrp.12180], 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 Use of Self-Archived Versions."

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