Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lie to me & the Facial Action Coding System

The main character, Dr. Cal Lightman (played by Tim Roth), detects deception by observing body language and microexpressions through the Facial Action Coding System (NLP visual accessing cues are also used), using this talent to assist clients (such as law enforcement). The character is based on Paul Ekman, notable psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions. Dr. Ekman and his colleague, Dr. Maureen O'Sullivan, identified "naturals" in what is known as The Wizards Project, which identified 50 people with the ability to spot deception after testing 20,000 people from all walks of life. In real life, they call these "naturals" Truth Wizards, or wizards of deception detection.

click here to see the "Lie to me" series intro video

"D.O.D. friend of mine said this guy is a total nutjob, heard he spent like three years in the African jungle with some primitive tribes studying their eyebrows." audience member

Scorn, Scorn, (Cheney comes on screen) Huge Scorn!
Shame, shame and shame.
These expressions are universal.
Emotion looks the same wether you're a suburban housewife...
Or a suicidebomber.
The truth is written on all our faces.
Premeditated act of violence expression
Gestural retreat, Step Backwards = lying.
Fuck you!
Obama to McCain, episode guy, Rumsfeld to a journalist.

Busted, four in a row:

Check out the series for more, fascinating stuff every episode nearly.
Will see how easy it is to apply this in every day life soon!


angelo said...

heh, did you mean premedicated act of violence or premeditated. I'll call it a Freudian slip

dedroidify said...

hehe, oops, corrected it ;)

stigandr said...

so much truth in this...all the truth!
have you like me also considered the idea that differences in the two brain hemispheres sometimes can cause asymmetry in facial expressions? (like that expression of contempt on w's and cowell's face...or like the nazi soldiers i saw in a picture once; they all had the same expressions of half-smiles/half-something else (hopefully regret), while they were gunning down a group of jews they had rounded up.)
sometimes, if you look at one side at a time, by covering the other half, you get two different expressions that can possibly tell you something about the conflict in people's minds. i've also noticed that some people look more tired on one side (i have a lazy eye myself), and wondered if maybe this could have something to do with how the brain is being used/exhausted more on one side...