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The Eyes Don’t Have It: Lie Detection and Neuro-Linguistic Programming

  • Richard Wiseman,

    Affiliation: School of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

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  • Caroline Watt mail,

    caroline.watt@ed.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Psychology Department, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Leanne ten Brinke,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada

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  • Stephen Porter,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada

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  • Sara-Louise Couper,

    Affiliation: Psychology Department, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Calum Rankin

    Affiliation: Psychology Department, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Published: July 11, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040259

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Please note the confusion

Posted by Andy_B on 13 Jul 2012 at 09:18 GMT

Proponents of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) claim that certain eye-movements are reliable indicators of lying.
http://plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0040259#article1.front1.article-meta1.abstract1.p1

NLP is not a "thing". This article acknowledges that it is concerned with rumours rather than actual claims made by the co-creators of the FoNLP (field of NLP), but then the criticisms it arrives at are directed at an hypothetical entity referred to as NLP as though "it" (and by implication the co-creators of the FoNLP - the field of NLP) were making the claims made by the unidentified "proponents".

Competing interests declared: I have been involved with the FoNLP for over 20 years and meet with co-founder John Grinder at least once a year. I therefore know what the co-creators ACTUALLY did, and do, say on subjects such as the "eye accessing cues" technique..