Study: Eye Contact Reduces Lying

A new study has claimed that eye contact can reduce lying. In a study done by the University of Tampere, Finland, participants played a lying game on a computer against another person. During each game trial, participants were first briefly presented with a view of the opponent through a smart glass window — after which they made a move in the game. Depending on the trial, the opponent either looked at the participant in the eyes or downward toward their computer screen. When the opponent looked directly into the participant’s eye, it was found to reduce subsequent lying in the game. Study author Jonne Hietanen said, “This was the first study to demonstrate the effect by using actual eye contact with another person and by measuring not just any form of dishonesty, but lying.” She added, “However, because the results were obtained in an experimental situation, one must be careful not to draw too far-reaching conclusions.”