Friday, October 1, 2010

Claim fraudsters 'think too much'

Via (T/Y Eyes for Lies)
Liars give themselves away by thinking too hard about their story, a researcher into insurance fraud has said. Sharon Leal, a research fellow at the University of Portsmouth, has been awarded a £112,000 grant by a leading insurance fraud investigation firm to examine how people behave when they make fraudulent insurance claims.
The expert in detecting deception says her research has shown that liars make extensive plans before they lie, but that truth-tellers do not plan their story. She explained that because liars need to think about their plan when being questioned, this puts a large load on their brain which in turn affects their behaviour. She said it is these changes which are most likely to form the basis of new investigative methods designed to spot the cheats.
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