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Othello Effect

  • By: Evelyne Debey & Bruno Verschuere
  • In: Encyclopedia of Deception
  • Edited by: Timothy R. Levine
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Interpersonal Communication, Moral Development

A common mistake in lie detection is to interpret signs of nervousness too readily as diagnostic of deception. This misattribution phenomenon is known as the Othello error and is particularly prevalent in lie detection tools that consider stress as indicative of ...

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