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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