From the SSHA story:
Deception. Often used as fodder for spy novels and whodunits, it is more than just a dramatic device in fictional tales. At UC Merced, it’s serious science.
Just ask Nick Duran, a post-doctoral researcher in the Cognitive and Information Sciences program. Duran is at UC Merced, thanks to a minority research fellowship from the National Science Foundation, which is supporting his work here with Professor Rick Dale.
Duran’s area of focus is action dynamics. He is taking an in-depth look at deception from the perspective of how the act of lying affects a person’s facial expressions, body language and other fine-grained motor behaviors. Scientists have historically made assumptions based on reaction times like how long it takes a respondent to select a truthful answer versus a deceptive answer.
One of Nick’s recent papers features this research, done in collaboration with CIS faculty:
Duran, N. D., Dale, R., Kello, C. K., Street, C., & Richardson, D. C. (2013). Exploring the movement dynamics of deception. Frontiers in Cognitive Science, 4, 140. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00140