Lecture

The truth about lying

Dr. Sophie van der Zee
Wednesday, December 19 , 12:40 PM - 1:20 PM
Blauwe Zaal, Auditorium
Price: Free (Student) Free (Others)
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Unfortunately, this lecture has to be postponed because of personal circumstances of the speaker. However, there will be an alternative lecture Are the rich more greedy than the poor? (also in English) by Dr. Jan Stoop.

Technology can assist people in their search for the truth. Psychologist Sophie van der Zee works on novel detection methods to expose even the biggest liars.

Even though we all tell the occasional lie, we are actually very bad at detecting lies by others; we don’t perform much better than chance. In daily life this is perhaps not such a bad thing, but in law enforcement it’s often of vital importance to identify if a suspect is lying or not. The polygraph (lie detection test) was developed almost a century ago to improve detection rates, but its reliability has always been disputed. Can there ever be a proper way to tell if someone is lying? And what would be the implications?

Dr. Sophie van der Zee (Erasmus University Rotterdam) uses her interdisciplinary background in psychology and computer science to study how technology can assist in lie detection. She’s an expert in deception research, and has developed a cutting-edge motion-based lie detection suit that can detect lies with 82% accuracy. Currently she is investigating whether our use of language can reveal when we're telling lies.