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Professor of Psychology Julie Suhr to discuss detecting deception at Science Café

From Staff Reports | Nov 16, 2018

Deception is observed in many animal species, including humans. Deceiving others, and sometimes ourselves, about illness and impairment is evolutionarily adaptive at times. But it also causes economic and social burdens on society.  So, what are the advantages to deception and how do we detect it?

Julie Suhr, an Ohio University professor of psychology, first began studying deception during her undergraduate years, when she used polygraphs in her research. Since then she has studied ways to detect deception–both deception of others and also self-deception–and how they present in the context of clinical assessment and diagnosis.

In her Science Café, “Detecting Deception,” at 5 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 5, in the Baker Center Front Room, Suhr will discuss the evolutionary and psychological theories behind why people deceive others (and themselves) and the challenges to detecting deception in humans in the medical and psychological setting.

Suhr specifically will discuss how common medical and psychological deception is, why it can be so hard for people to be aware of deception, and methods that have been developed for detecting deception in the medical and psychological fields.

Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community.

Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt.  The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IBC6nS4Ag

For the schedule of fall semester speakers and access to livestreaming of the event, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe   and   http://livestream.com/ohiocas.