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Study Shows Language Loss May Improve Ability To Spot Lying

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May 15, 2000
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Who is best at detecting when someone is lying – judges? teachers? moms? A study in this week’s issue of Nature finds an answer that may be surprising: people with aphasia – a loss in language ability resulting from a stroke or other type of brain damage – appear to have a significant advantage in spotting liars, particular when the untruths are given away by changes in facial expression.

Patients with aphasia appear better at perceiving mismatches in facial expressions


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