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  • Is it possible to detect when a politician is lying?

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    Researcher Michael T. Braun and his co-author found that liars used more words than truth tellers, a finding they call the “Pinocchio Effect.” 

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  • To contact Michael T. Braun, call 217-300-0670; e-mail

    The paper “His Lips Are Moving: Pinocchio Effect and Other Lexical Indicators of Political Deceptions” was published earlier this year in the journal Discourse Processes.