Sep 18th 2009 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
Scientists are closing in on a technique that can identify liars by the way they write.
Researchers in Israel had volunteers write paragraphs, one from memory and another a fictitious event, with an electronic pen
. They found when writing untruths, people consistently pushed harder on the pen, producing longer strokes and taller letters.
The differences are too subtle for the naked eye, but can by detected by a computer program. The technique could one day be used to help validate loan applications and insurance claims.
Of course, if you're pressing hard when writing in cursive, it simply means you're a frustrated third grader.
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