If you follow this link it will take you to ten short videos that were created as part of a study to see to what extent people give off cues as to whether they are lying or not. Each person was told to either tell the truth or lie in response of a question.
I got 7 right. Of course, random guessing would expect to result in five right but what surprised me was that in the cases that I got right, I was pretty confident of my choice. Of the three I got wrong, I was ambivalent about two and only reluctantly made my selection. Only in one case was I completely bamboozled.
Clearly there were clues that I was picking up on but I could not quite put my finger on what they were. This surprised me because I do not consider myself to be a very observant person nor that sensitive to people’s body language.
Maybe I am underestimating myself. This skill would come in useful for poker if only I enjoyed playing the game.