Detecting deception: The language of lies

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jeff Hancock of Stanford University; Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 9:00am
  • Location: Colorado E
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Cheryl Phillips, Stanford University

Let's face it: people lie. We lie to each other and to ourselves. How is the rewiring of communication in the digital revolution changing how we lie? How can we trust that online review, or that text message about someone being on their way? We’ll discuss the state-of-the-art in deception detection research on how to spot a liar online, explore some new forms of deception, and examine how different technologies affect both how we lie and how we trust online. Jeff Hancock will share key principles that can guide how we can think about deception and truth in this new digital age and how we can use this knowledge as journalists.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Jeff Hancock is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Professor Hancock and his group work on understanding psychological and interpersonal processes in social media. The team specializes in analyzing how the words we use can reveal psychological dynamics, such as deception and trust, emotional dynamics, intimacy and relationships, and social support.

  • Cheryl Phillips teaches journalism at Stanford, is the founder of Big Local News and co-founder of The Stanford Open Policing Project. She worked at The Seattle Times for 12 years as a reporter and editor. She twice was part of breaking news coverage that received the Pulitzer Prize and twice served on teams that were Pulitzer finalists. She has worked at USA Today and at newspapers in Michigan, Montana and Texas. She is a former IRE board president. @cephillips

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