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Can goosebumps reveal when you are lying ?


Posted on Sunday, 6 January, 2013 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Researchers have been investigating whether goosebumps could be used as a natural lie detector.

Goosebumps are something that we commonly associate with being cold, but new studies have revealed that they also play a part in certain emotional responses as well. Researchers found that when we get goosebumps due to fear, surprise, awe or other emotions the result is far more difficult to hide than concealing our intentions through telling a lie.

"Goosebumps seems quite social in nature, either directly, through talent or performances, or indirectly, such as hearing music produced by someone," said Professor Richard Smith. The research indicated that it was feasible to use goosebumps as a type of "emotional lie detector" that could prove to be more effective at detecting emotional responses than traditional devices.

"Researchers found that most people were unable to control the reaction, which provided a “strong indication of true feelings”."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Medium Brown on 6 January, 2013, 22:20
It's when they are on red alert. However it's more noticeable on cats when you can clearly feel their back going stiff.
Comment icon #11 Posted by csspwns on 7 January, 2013, 2:31
a researcher starting intently at you looking for goosebumps is enough to give you goosebumps
Comment icon #12 Posted by SheerLin on 9 January, 2013, 0:29
OMG...they actually paid people to study goosebumps?? I think this study was a waste of taxpayers money. What if you get goosebumps when you are alone? OMG...they actually paid people to study goosebumps?? I think this study was a waste of taxpayers money. What if you get goosebumps when you are alone?
Comment icon #13 Posted by SheerLin on 9 January, 2013, 0:31
OMG...they actually paid people to study goosebumps?? I think this study was a waste of taxpayers money. What if you get goosebumps when you are alone?OMG...they actually paid people to study goosebumps?? I think this study was a waste of taxpayers money. What if you get goosebumps when you are alone?
Comment icon #14 Posted by pallidin on 9 January, 2013, 20:51
Why are they called "goosebumps" anyway? What, do geese have some special skin reaction? And how would anyone know geese did that in the first place? Which I doubt. I call fowl.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Medium Brown on 11 January, 2013, 19:32
What about gooseberries then?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Idano on 12 January, 2013, 21:49
I think it refers to the look of goose skin after plucking...IMO, a similar look love the pun!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Coffey on 12 January, 2013, 22:34
Was away to say this. Most people will have seen it on a chicken.
Comment icon #18 Posted by R4z3rsPar4d0x on 13 January, 2013, 18:13
Thats not a sure way to make you think someones lying though because I would think you can get goosebumps from a number of different reasons.
Comment icon #19 Posted by SheerLin on 22 January, 2013, 1:30
If you get goose bumps when you are alone, does that mean you are lying to yourself?......LOL
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