Best Brain Breakthroughs for December 2013

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Best Brain Breakthroughs for December 2013

She might be lying if she texts you later, and other breaking news
If you text your girl and it takes a while to hear back, you may have reason for suspicion. A Brigham Young University study shows that when people lie in texts (or IM’s), they write less, edit more, and take longer to answer. “As in a face-to-face conversation, we have a nonverbal channel—how we act as we deliver a message,” says BYU’s Thomas Maservy, Ph.D. “Texting is a channel we get less info on, so [cues like time lag and message length] can reveal states like deception.” We’re not talking bad about your lady—just suggesting you might read between the brief, delayed lines.

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