The Truth about Deception Recognition: Can Lawyers Rely on It?
Every day lawyers make decisions about whether someone is telling the truth. We do it at home, at work, and in social situations. Most of us rely on stereotypical “signs” that a person is lying and we are no better at it than chance. But with evidence that half of all assessments are flawed, what we think we see and hear in boardrooms and court rooms and other legal settings can have very serious consequences for us and the people we interact with.
This exciting new course, featuring UBC Professor Dr. Michael Woodworth of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law, takes a critical look at the evolution of deception recognition, with a specific focus on the legal system. With references to the most up to date research available, and examples from his own studies and cases, Dr. Woodworth will address what legal professionalism can realistically detect about deceit and under what circumstances, and offer guiding principles for how to apply that knowledge in practice, including interviewing, investigations, discovery, trial and negotiations.