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Identifying Universal Linguistic Features Associated with Veracity and Deception
Final rept. 30 Sep 2011-29 Sep 2014
HUMINTELL LLC BERKELEY CA
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The ability to exert influence on individuals and groups depends on the ability to make accurate judgments of the veracity of what one is told. Such judgments are at the heart of any interpersonal or intercultural interaction, and contribute to the development or rapport guides the nature of influence, negotiation, vetting, and information collection and the development of trust. Because of their importance, there is an abundant literature on the cues to deception, and based on this literature, there have been a number of techniques developed over the years to evaluate truth and detect deception. One important genre of such techniques involves the analysis of verbal statements, collectively known as Statement Analysis SA. Different types of SA techniques exist, and research has demonstrated that all of them are able to detect truths from lies at better than chance accuracies, and in different languages. This suggests that there may be something universal to SA. This notion receives support from knowledge concerning the universal principles and process es of memory encoding, as well as the deep structure of language.
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