Meta-Research Perspectives on Verbal Lie Detection

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Verbal lie detection (VLD) research, conducted mainly in the cognitive sciences, examines content-based indicators that differ between truth-tellers and lie-tellers. Following the meta-research approach (examination of the research itself), the current paper aimed to ascertain the current status of VLD research across three components: the search for VLD indicators, VLD coding, and VLD research tracks. It highlights several issues that challenge VLD research; these are discussed, along with suggestions for how to address them. This scrutiny may contribute to a further advancement of the field of VLD research and, as a result, an improvement of VLD practices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number392
JournalBrain Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 24 Feb 2023


  • coding scheme
  • deception detection
  • meta-research
  • reality monitoring
  • richness-in-detail
  • verbal lie detection
  • verifiability approach

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience


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