(Fox News) Much like Pinocchio, your nose could reveal that you’re lying, though unlike the beloved character, your nose will heat up instead of growing longer when you tell a fib, new research claims.
Psychology researchers from the University of Granada in Spain used thermography to study the temperature of people’s faces in experiments. They said they found a jump in the temperature around the nose and in the orbital muscle in the inner corner of the eye during lying. They also found that face temperature drops for people performing a difficult mental task and rises for people experiencing high anxiety.
The new work focused on the so-called “Pinocchio effect” was part of a doctoral thesis and has yet to be published in a scientific peer-reviewed journal.
They always say that the eyes are the window to the soul, but this could be another way to determine if someone is lying. Watch the nose.
I’ve always been really, really good at picking up on lies, especially in person (I’m pretty good in knowing when people are bullshitting me on the phone, too). I’ll have to look to see if part of the cues I’m picking up on are from the nose area, not just the eyes.