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Facial Expression and Emotion: Detecting Deception

[fa icon="calendar"] May 24, 2019 12:24:46 PM / by Jeslyn Lim

Deception has been considered a common phenomenon in our daily lives. It is the act of hiding the truth or causing someone to believe something that is untrue, hence benefiting individuals. In the session, I have mentioned that people deceive for various reasons because of fear or to avoid being punished, benefiting oneself, to protect a relationship, idealised self-presentation, and last but not least having different types of mental issues.

“Quite interesting; I got to understand more about Facial Expressions.” – Kasey Ang

“Gained new knowledge; I’m motivated to go for future talks/workshops because I feel positive after attending.” – Tan Poh Ching

“Interesting and beneficial; I learnt a lot and gained some useful tips.” – Doreen Teoh

Despite the constant deceptive occurrence in today's living context, detecting deception remains a difficult task. Researchers have tried to identify deception using only one verbal or non-verbal cue, however as much as we would love to know, there is no one sure-fire way of recognising them. That being said, it relies heavily upon a variety of cues that have varying degrees of success at predicting deception. This then helps with the increased probability of catching a liar - however, it is not always accurate.

“Learnt some of the myths about thoughts being the truth.” – Thomas Teng

“Provided insights into identifying facial expressions.” – Susan Goh

“I gained understanding about micro expressions, deceptions and that eye contact is just a misconception.” – Zarenina Begum Binte Mehmood

Some of the highlights during the talk include topics on the myths such as 'liars do not look at you in the eye' and having to sit on with bias confirmation have been discussed. During the session, attendees have made some clarification in regards to deception. I had an enjoyable time and hope that the participants get to take home something with them!

“I really enjoyed the talk and it’s good to learn more things.” – Malarvili Krishnan

“Thank you for the talk on Facial Expressions. Hope to have more talks coming up.” – Janette Ong

“I have learned to be more observant when taking cues on deception cases.” – Irene Teng

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Jeslyn Lim

Written by Jeslyn Lim

Jeslyn Lim is the founder of Mind Culture and Co-founder of Thrive Psychology Clinic. She is also the current president of the Association of Psychotherapy and Counsellors Singapore (APACS) and a certified hypnotherapist. Apart from lecturing, she has also attained vast opportunities to work with disadvantaged and disenfranchised children, youth, as well as adults.