Social Research, Vol. 63, No. 3, 801-817 (Fall 1996)
Paul Ekman’s research is supported by a Research Scientist Award from
the National Institute of Mental Health (MH06092).
Why Don’t We Catch Liars?
Our research (Ekman and O’Sullivan, 1990; Frank and Ekman, forthcoming; Ekman, Frank,
and O’Sullivan, forthcoming) suggests that most people cannot tell from demeanor whether
someone is lying or telling the truth. Such poor performance is not because lies are told