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J. Brandon Colvin

People are bad at recognizing liars. Data culled from several psychological experiments demonstrates that even the most well trained individuals – government agents, police officers, and so on – can barely succeed at a 50 percent rate. Lying and deception, however, are fundamental narrative elements in several film genres – particularly the detective film and the female gothic, genres that peaked in popularity in 1940s Hollywood. Considering their real-life lack of proficiency, how do viewers successfully spot deception in such films? Drawing on findings from a handful of experiments, this article brings cognitive psychological concepts to bear on two 1940s films: Out of the Past (1947) and Secret Beyond the Door (1948). The article claims that filmmakers, particularly actors, exaggerate, simplify, and emphasize deception cues to selectively achieve narrative clarification or revelation. This process reveals not only how viewers recognize deception, but how actors stylize real-life behavior in service of narrative and aesthetic priorities.

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Stephen Prince

If people generally do a poor job of recognizing liars, it is interesting that so many movies employ deceptive characters. Duplicity and prevarication are common plot devices whereby scheming characters maneuver to get their way. Such movies often rely on viewers’ abilities to recognize the deception at hand. Does this represent a disconnect between movies and life, with viewers tasked in one arena with a skill set that doesn’t seem to function well in the other?

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Paisley Livingston

Adams , 144 – 153 . New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich . Elster , Jon . 1986 . “Deception and Self-Deception in Stendhal: Some Sartrian Themes.” In The Multiple Self , 93 – 114 . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Iseminger , Gary

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Malcolm Turvey

intention to perpetuate Wakanda's isolationism and deception. However, he is challenged by his cousin, a powerful and ruthless warrior named Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who believes vibranium should be sent all over the world to arm Black people to fight

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Rainer Reisenzein

University Press . Ekman , Paul . 1992 . “ An Argument for Basic Emotions .” Cognition and Emotion 6 ( 3–4 ): 169 – 200 . Ekman , Paul , and Wallace V. Friesen . 1969 . “ Nonverbal Leakage and Clues to Deception .” Psychiatry 32 ( 1 ): 88

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Laurel Hart, Pamela Lamb, and Joshua Cader

burgeoning era of the internet in the 1990s, I have experienced its promises of knowledge and relational networks, as well as its perils of deception and unhindered access. My long-standing fascination with online communities and the realities they facilitate

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Dustin William Louie

to their captor’s demands ( Louie 2016 ). During the love bombing phase, predators, most often gang members, create a drug dependency in recruitment targets. In some cases, the girls are hooked using deception by being given cigarettes laced with

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When the Future Is Hard to Recall

Episodic Memory and Mnemonic Aids in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival

Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski

fragmented spatiotemporal reality. These films blur the boundaries between different levels of reality, are riddled with gaps, deception, labyrinthine structures, ambiguity, and overt coincidences. They are populated with characters who are schizophrenic

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Jens Eder

then, surprisingly losing the floor beyond, horizontally downwards on Vera who is downstairs, partly hidden by a glass wall, working on her book. The shot already establishes subliminal feelings of disorientation, even deception: The dark landscape

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Working with the Cold War

Types of Knowledge in Swedish and Australian History Textbook Activities

Niklas Ammert and Heather Sharp

); Cameron McCarthy, Race and Curriculum (Hampshire: Falmer Press, 1990); Henry Giroux and David Purpel, The Hidden Curriculum and Moral Education: Deception or Discovery (Berkeley, CA: McCutchan, 1983); and Geoff Whitty, Sociology and School Knowledge