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The Tell by Matthew Hertenstein

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7

DETECTING DECEPTION

“Actions lie louder than words.”

CAROLYN WELLS

About a decade ago, I was giving a final exam when a student named Sue politely asked if she could use the restroom. Her expression said she really needed to go. I agreed to let her leave, making sure she was not carrying anything with her. A few minutes later, she returned, said thank you, and took her seat. But I noticed an odd, fleeting facial expression when she spoke. Something didn’t seem right.

I stepped into the hall and asked a female colleague passing by if she would go into the women’s bathroom and have a look around for anything unusual. I felt guilty for suspecting my student of malfeasance, but I needed to satisfy my curiosity. After a few minutes, my colleague ...

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