Answer key: Human Lie Detectors

Lesson Plan: Are Human Lie Detectors Better Than Machines?

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. nonverbal |nänˈvərbəl| adjective-not involving or using words or speech: forms of nonverbal communication.
  2. evidence /ˈevədəns/ noun-the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid. “the study finds little evidence of overt discrimination”
  3. deception |diˈsepSHən| noun the action of deceiving someone: obtaining property by deception.
  4. averting  |əˈvərt| verb [ with obj. ] turn away (one’s eyes or thoughts): she averted her eyes during the more violent scenes.
  5. illusion |iˈlo͞oZHən| noun-a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses: the illusion makes parallel lines seem to diverge by placing them on a zigzag-striped background.
  6. theory |ˈTHēərē, ˈTHi(ə)rē| noun ( pl. theories ) a set of principles on which the practice of an activity is based: a theory of education | music theory.
  7. *Pinocchio  US /pɪˈnoʊkioʊ/; [piˈnɔkkjo]) noun-a fictional character and the main protagonist of the children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883), by the Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto, he was created as a wooden puppet, but dreamed of becoming a real boy. He has also been used as a character who is prone to telling lies and fabricating stories for various reasons. Whenever Pinocchio told a lie his nose would grow.
  8. stress |stres| noun-a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances: he’s obviously under a lot of stress | [ in combination ] : stress-related illnesses.
  9. forensics |fəˈrenzik, -sik| adjective- of, relating to, or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime: forensic evidence.
  10. impressive |imˈpresiv| adjective-evoking admiration through size, quality, or skill: grand, imposing, or awesome: an impressive view of the mountains | impressive achievements in science.

Sources:  New Oxford American Dictionary, * Wikipedia

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F- TSA stands for Transportation Security Administration.
  2. T- TSA is training thousands of behavior detection officers.
  3.  F- Critics say there’s no evidence that these efforts have stopped a single terrorist.
  4. NA-Men lie the most.
  5. F- Most people think liars give themselves away by averting their eyes or making nervous gestures. This is not true.
  6. T- Law-enforcement officers are not consistently better at it than ordinary people.
  7. F- There is no one cue that will always accompany deception.
  8. T- John S. Pistole is the The T.S.A.’s administrator.
  9. T- Some researchers believe that you get so much more information by just by talking to people.
  10. NA-It is difficult to tell if children are lying or not.

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage

I. 2-They look for facial expressions and other nonverbal clues.

II. 3-In scientific experiments, people do a lousy job of spotting liars.

III. 1- There’s an illusion of insight that comes from looking at a person’s body.

IV. Listening Activity 

 Sentence  Fill-ins

Video ClipPamela Meyer: How to spot a liar. TEDTalks

  1. Lie spotters are people armed with scientific knowledge about  how to spot deception.
  2. The phrase “Lying is a cooperative act” means someone chooses to  believe a lie.
  3. There are times when people are unwilling  participants in a lie.
  4. Some infamous people involved in public  deception  were Robert Hanson, Aldrich Hanes, and  Bernard Madoff.
  5. According to studies most of us encounter nearly 10-200 lies a day.
  6. According to research, we lie more to strangers than coworkers, extroverts lie more than introverts, and men lie 8 times more about themselves then about other people.
  7.  Women lie more to protect other people.
  8.  According to Meyer the two patterns of deception are speech and body language.
  9.  The video of two mothers were used to demonstrate the difference between  truth telling and lying.
  10.  According to research lying is a part of our history and culture.