If you shrug your shoulder, rotate your hand or even just slightly raise your lower lip, Lightman will spot the lie. By analyzing facial expressions and involuntary body language, he can read feelings ranging from hidden resentment to sexual attraction to jealousy.
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His work gives him the knowledge and skill set to expertly deceive others as well as detect lies. But as Lightman well knows, his scientific ability is both a blessing and a curse in his personal life, where family and friends deceive each other as readily as criminals and strangers do.
Lightman heads a team of experts at The Lightman Group who assist federal law enforcement, government agencies and local police with their most difficult cases. He needs her guidance and insight into human behavior, whether he knows it or not. Her raw, untrained ability to read people makes her a force to be reckoned with. Paul Ekman serves as scientific consultant. Lie to Me , Ekman assures PM, is different: He says the professional and scientific elements on the show are around 90 percent accurate.
Although the character is based on what Ekman does, he is nothing like Lightman. If the show is 90 percent accurate, as Ekman claims, what about the other 10 percent? It turns out that PM won't have to fact-check every show as we do Fringe and Lost , because Ekman is doing it himself. He'll have a blog on the show's website called The Truth About Lie to Me that will give a post-mortem of each episode, explaining nuances that the hour-long drama didn't have time to explore.
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He's also writing a free biweekly newsletter about the science behind the show: One differentiates lies, flattery, exaggeration and politeness, while another explains the problems with polygraph and fMRI lie-detection systems. But in order to make sure that big mistakes don't make it onto the show, Ekman is involved with each episode's development.
The show's writers go over ideas with him before they start an episode, and then send him a draft of the script when it's done. He tells them if anything's wrong, and also sends them a battery of video-clip notes, portraying facial expressions exactly for the actors to imitate.
He says that it's been much more work than he anticipated.
But if the show is informative and entertaining, the upside for Ekman will be huge: He has written 15 books, but just the first episode of Lie to Me will reach more people than even his most popular title. It's more than met my expectations," Ekman says.
But is he lying? Probably not. Unlike Roth's Dr.
Ligthman, who is both a master lie detector and a convincing liar, Ekman claims that he's a terrible liar. And although I have been asked to train liars, I don't work that side of the street.
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