Falling for a scam call Source: Mikhail Nilov/Pexels Historically speaking, believing a lie could lead to costly consequences. For instance, believing a scammer's call could lead to monetary losses, believing an unfaithful partner's lie could lead to a loss of time spent on the wrong relationship, and presidents or prime ministers believing the lies of allied nations could suffer the disastrous consequences of military or political betrayal. Generally speaking, not believing the truth, on the other hand, does not seem to result in negative consequences of this magnitude. The greater risk associated with misses compared to false alarms is perhaps one reason why people tend to be oversensitive when it comes to detecting lies (Haselton & Buss, 2000) . Given this hypervigilance, it might not be surprising that a recent study, which I co-authored, showed that even an inconspicuous cue like a response delay (by as little as 1-2 seconds) could have a significant influence on whether someone is seen as telling the truth ( Ziano & Wang, 2021 ). As an example, imagine asking a friend why they did not return your missed call, and your friend almost immediately answering: "Sorry, I was in back-to-back meetings all afternoon." Now imagine… Read full this story
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