Renee (also known as “Eyes for Lies”) is a professional deception and credibility expert. She assists law enforcement on homicides and other cases involving deception, and teaches law enforcement (at the federal, state and local level) as well as other professionals how to spot reliable clues to deception in her training course.
Only 50 individuals
were found to spot deception
with great accuracy
after testing more than 15,000 people.
Renee “Eyes for Lies” is one of these people.
Renee’s classes have been hosted by law enforcement agencies in the biggest cities in the U.S. from Chicago to New York City to Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and many places in between. Her class range from 20 students to 300 and she has also spoken to audiences as large as 500 people.
How does she spot lies?
Renee looks for behavioral evidence. When people are under high stress situations and they are deceptive, subconscious clues leak out that tell the real story. People don’t realize how hard it is cognitive to balance the truth from a lie. Our body leaks out clues to what we really think without us even knowing it. It’s just few people know what to look for.
Dr. Maureen O’Sullivan, one of the scientists who identified Renee, says about the experts:
“Our wizards are extraordinarily attuned to detecting the nuances of facial expressions, body language and ways of talking and thinking. Some of them can observe a videotape for a few seconds and amazingly they can describe eight details about the person on the tape,” says Dr. Maureen O’Sullivan of the University of San Francisco (source).”
“They seem to have templates of people that they use to make sense of the behavioral deviations they observe. So it is not a set of disembodied cues, but embedded behaviors that are consistent with each other as well as with the kind of person exhibiting them.”
The other scientist in the study who is well known, Dr. Paul Ekman, says…
“We’ve talked to 15,000 people in every walk of life and we have found 50 who have this really nearly perfect ability to spot liars, and that’s without any specialized training. We’re still trying to find out how in the world did they learn this skill? Are they the sort of Mozart’s of lie detection; they just had it?”
(NPR Radio, January 2009).
Eyes for Lies is NOT psychic
There is nothing magical or mysterious about how Renee does this. Scientists have studied her and this ability, and realize there are concrete clues to deception. The mystery is why don’t most people see these clues?