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BRW Focuses on the Seven Lies Most Often Told at Work

Feldman says small lies that workers tell can eventually add up to an environment of deception in the workplace that can lead to more, larger lies. August 27, 2012. Read more

Forbes Magazine Cites Feldman's Study

A column about instances when you shouldn’t communicate by e-mail cites a UMass Amherst study (by Feldman, though it doesn't mention him by name) that found people are more likely to lie with e-mail, even more likely to lie when texting, and much less likely to stretch the truth in face-to-face conversations. August 27, 2012. Read more

Foreign Policy Article about Honesty of Politicians Cites Feldman's Research

Writing about why people generally view politicians as liars, columnist Dan Ariely cites Feldman's research that finds people are more likely to lie to someone they have just met for the first time. September/October, 2012. Read more
Reprinted in the Center Daily Times, Pennsylvania, August 22, 2012.

Feldman Comments on New Study that Shows Honesty is Good for Health

Commenting on a recent study that suggests overall health improves when people tell fewer lies, Feldman says telling fewer lies probably makes people more psychologically healthy, but he’s not sure it also leads to better physical health. August 6, 2012. International Science Times, USA Today, Tulsa World.

FastCompany.com Taps Feldman’s expertise

Feldman is quoted in an article examining why people lie on their resumes. May 29, 2012. Read more

Feldman discusses Reason Why People Lie on PsychCentral

Feldman notes that “Lying is not limited to one aspect of our society, one type of person, or one kind of institution…lying permeates the way we get to know one another and the way we form relationships. It is part of how we educate our children and how we elect our leaders. It is essential to our economy, and it is essential to the media.” May 2012. Read more

Feldman tells NPR MarketPlace Life to Think Twice about Padding Your Resume

In response to Yahoo's now-former CEO Scott Thompson padding his resume by including a degree he never earned, Feldman tells why even the lightest padding of resumes makes you suspect. Learn why you should think twice about saying that you’re “proficient” in Spanish, when really, all your Spanish skills can get you is an order of tacos at the stand around the corner. May 18, 2012. Read more

Feldman Discusses His Latest Study on the David Pakman Show

Discussing “Liar, Liar: Hard Drive on Fire” on the David Pakman Show, Feldman notes that people lie every day and that they are more likely to lie if communicating via internet than face-to-face. April 3, 2012. Read more

Zeit Wissen Magazine [Germany] Publishes Article

Feldman is interviewed at length about his research and writing on lying in the April-May, 2012 issue. Included are some compelling photographs. Read more [pdf in German]

WGBY Program Discusses Lying OnLine

On WGBY's "Connecting Point" Dean Robert Feldman, professor of psychology, discussed his paper “Liar, Liar, Hard Drive on Fire: How Media Context Affects Lying Behavior.” He found that people are more likely to lie in instant messages and emails than in face-to-face interaction. March, 2012. Read more

Feldman comments in New York Daily News Article on Mitt Romney Using Middle Name

Robert Feldman comments in article about Mitt Romney's decision to disavow his first name. November 23, 2011. Read more

UPI Article about JASP Study Picked Up by National and International Media

The Feldman/Zimbler findings published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology receives broad media coverage: UPI.com, Inquisitir.com, WWLP-TV 22, TGDaily, YubaNet.com [Calif.], 11/16/11; U.S. News & World Report, Newsday, Health Day, MSN Health, 11/18/11; Press TV, 11/19/11; NewsTrack India, Asian News International, 11/20/11; Times of India, Health 24 [S. Africa], Huffington Post, 11/21/11; WHEC-TV 10 [Rochester, N.Y.], 11/22/11; NorthwestOhio.com, 11/25/11; MSNBC.com, Massachusetts Daily Collegian, 11/28/11; Express.be (Netherlands), 11/29/11

Liar, Liar, Hard Drive on Fire Published in JASP

A new study by Robert Feldman and Mattityahu Zimbler, a graduate student, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology (October 2011), finds that communication using computers for instant messaging and e-mail increases lying compared to face-to-face conversations, with e-mail messages containing the most lies. Read more

Feldman Discusses Sex and Lying with Brian Lehrer

On the Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC Radio) Feldman offers commentary to the question: Are men are more likely to lie about sex than women? July 29, 2011. Read more

Feldman Comments in USA Today on Casey Anthony Lying Conviction

"Once you lie, it's very easy for it to become habitual," says Feldman. "The more often you do it, the more likely you're going to do it in the future." July 6, 2011. Read more

Feldman to Speak at Westfield State University

As part of the Distinguished Speaker Series on December 8, Robert Feldman will offer his insights into the world of lying in his book, “The Liar in Your Life”. November 30, 2010. Read more

WAMC Northeast Public Radio Interviews Feldman

WAMC's Joe Donahue, host of Roundtable, speaks with Robert Feldman about his book, October 22, 2010. Read more

Mercury News Publishes Interview with Robert Feldman

Daily News Columnist LJ Anderson and Robert Feldman discuss how small lies can compromise the quality of relationships. October 12, 2010. Read more

Tucson Citizen Recommends Feldman Book

In a roundup of recently published paperback books, reviewer Larry Cox recommends The Liar in Your Life, and states, "Drawing on extensive research and written with insight, this book is a road map out of the land of mendacity. August 31, 2010. Read more

Feldman Blogs on Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy

Robert Feldman discusses what reality shows like Jersey Shore teach us about the truth. August 26, 2010. Read more

Big Questions Online Features Feldman

Robert Feldman answers the question, "Would We Be Better Off If We Could Always Tell When Someone Is Lying to Us?" August 17, 2010 Read more

Detail Magazine includes The Liar in Your Life in Feature

In "Liar for Hire" by Jamie Malinowski, Feldman's book is referenced and he is quoted several times. August, 2010 Read more

The Short List Features Feldman Book

In a summary, The Short List declares it "a well-written and interesting book on an everyday problem." August 11, 2010 Read More

Paperback version of The Liar in Your Life now available

Order the newly released paperback from Amazon.com

theage.com.au Features Article

The National News section in Australia's The Age picks up The Independent article by Alice-Anzia Jarvi., July 18, 2010. Read More

Ezine@rticles.com quotes Feldman's Work

An article by Jon Clark entitled "How Peer Pressure Can Be Good For Your Health" notes that Robert Feldman's book explains the difference between injunctive and conjunctive norms very well. July 14, 2010. Read More

myFOXchicago.com Examines The Truth About Lying

A synopis of the July 5, 2010 article in The Independent links to the full story. July 6, 2010. Read More

Gulf Times Features Article

Gulf Times, Doha, Qatar, reprints The Independent article by Alice-Anzia Jarvi, July 6, 2010. Read More

The Independent in London Features Feldman Book in Science Section

An article, entitled "The Science of Lying: Why the Truth Really Can Hurt" includes discussion with Feldman about the book. July 5, 2010. Read More

Book Review on Random Enlightenment Blog

Mark Westman of Manitoba, Canada, reviews The Liar in Your Life, proclaiming it "very interesting" and "quite intriguing." June 11, 2010. Read More

Book Lover's Blog Reviews Feldman Book

Book Lover's Blog recommends reading The Liar in Your Life to answer a multitude of questions about lying. April 21, 2010. Read More

Tehran Times features article on Feldman Book

A feature on Feldman's research on lying indicates that people lie far more often than they realize. Feldman says people often lie to maintain self-esteem in the face of perceived threats. March 9, 2010. Read More

Psychology Today Features Feldman Book

Article entitled "Field Guide to the Truth Teller: I Cannot Tell a Lie—When honesty is the only policy" by Elizabeth Svobod. March 01, 2010. Read More

Feldman Quoted in NewsAndTribune.com (Albany, NY)

In an article about lies and pyramid schemes, local columnist Terry Stawar references Robert Feldman and his perspective on lying as a social skill. January 22, 2010. Read More

Connecticut Public Radio Airs Discussion of Feldman's Book

Faith Middleton's Book Show (FMS, the Book Show) on CPR, that recommends terrific titles in all categories, included a 5-minute segment on The Liar in Your Life. Calling it "so intriguing," she says it helps one understand why people lie and begs the question, "Should you be dead honest about everything?" Discussion of the book begins about 17 minutes into the program. January 15, 2010. Listen to the program

Feldman Appears on CBS's Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil asks Feldman, "Why do people lie, generally?" January 14, 2010. Read More

"Teaching Truthfulness" in Proactive Black Parenting

Article discusses Feldman's pragmatic approach to getting to the truth in others, which he calls Active Honesty Assessment. January 7, 2010. Read More

Article in USA Today about Imposters and Party Crashers Quotes Feldman

In a USA Today feature on celebrity imposters and lying, Feldman speculates that the Salahis, the couple who recently crashed a White House party, are extremely status conscious and probably entered gradually into deceptions until they reached a point where they couldn’t turn back. December 9, 2009. Read More

My Job Assistant website features Feldman's book

In the article "Where Has All the Trust Gone," the website My Job Assistant: A Job's Finding Resource ponders the moral responsibility of marketers and the media to the public and references Feldman's book. December 4, 2009. Read More

Article in MarketingWeek references Feldman's work

"Who Needs to Lie When You've Got Psychology" discusses the role of lying in marketing referencing Feldman's research several times. It notes, “If Feldman [is] to be believed, we don’t have to be liars to work in advertising. We simply have to create the circumstances in which consumers do the lying to themselves.” November 12, 2009. Read More

Motivational Speaker, Craig Harper, discusses Feldman's research on blog

Australian motivational speaker, Craig Harper, posts discussion about lying, including Feldman's research, on his blog, November 2, 2009. Read More

Somebody Dies blog discusses The Liar in Your Life.

Craig Clarks posts a blog about the book and notes that it is "really a wonderful psychological portrait of deception." He also references the audio version, noting that "audiobook reader Bob Walter adopts [Feldman's] style as his own so completely that it seems as if the author is reading it himself." October 21, 2009. Read More

Christian News Analysis discusses Feldman's research

Article by Michelle Burford discusses Feldman's research about why we lie, October 16, 2009. Read More

Feldman research is discussed in the Daily Sound

"Let Lying Liars Lie" by Leslie Dinaberg in the Daily Sound discusses Feldman's research on lying and his book, The Liar in Your Life, October 16, 2009. Read More

Feldman interview is included on Amazing Facts

The blog, Amazing Facts: Your Single Source Of Amazing Facts From The World, includes interview with Feldman about his research and the resulting book, September 28, 2009. Read More

Feldman research discussed on stltoday.com (St. Louis Today)

In article, "People lie more in email," Feldman's book is referenced and he is quoted, September 23, 2009. Read More

Feldman at Amherst Books, Amherst, MA for book signing

Robert Feldman signs copies of his book, The Liar in Your Life, at Amherst Books, Amherst, MA, 5:00 p.m, September 23, 2009

Feldman on The Kid Carson Show with Nira Arora and Amy Beeman

Robert Feldman is interviewed on The Kid Carson Show with Nira Arora and Amy Beeman out of Vancouver, BC, Canada, September 15, 2009

Feldman on Full Circle

Robert Feldman is interviewed on KCSN (University of California, Northridge) radio’s Full Circle, September 10, 2009

Feldman in Spying for Lying

The Liar in Your Life is reviewed on the blog Spying for Lying, September 3, 2009. Read More

Feldman in Psychology Today.

Robert Feldman's article, "David Ortiz, and Not Seeing the Truth" appears in Psychology Today, September 2, 2009
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Feldman in Science and Religion Today

Robert Feldman answers the question, "Could We Get By Without Lying?" in Science and Religion Today, September 2, 2009.
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Feldman in Havelock News

"Lying isn't part of Marine Corps culture" by Barry Fetzer mentions The Liar in Your Life in Havelock News, September 1, 2009
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Feldman on The Karel Show

Robert Feldman is interviewed by Karel on The Karel Show, August 31, 2009

Feldman on Bax and O’Brien

Robert Feldman is interviewed by Bax and O’Brien on WAQY, Hartford, CT, August 28, 2009

Feldman in The Remmers Report

Jerry Remmers blogs about The Liar in Your Life and the review by Jessica Bennett in Newsweek, August 27, 2009. Read More

Feldman on KSTP, Minneapolis, MN

Robert Feldman is interviewed on radio station AM1500, KSTP in Minneapolis, MN, August 27, 2009

Feldman quoted on newsweek.com

Robert Feldman is quoted in the article, "The Truth About Lying," on newsweek.com, August 26, 2009. Read More

Feldman in New York Press

Article, "We're All a Bunch of Liars," discusses The Liar in Your Life and quotes Feldman, August 26, 2009. Read More

Feldman talks about lying on DoobyBrain.com

Robert Feldman interview appears on DoobyBrain.com, August 22, 2009. Read More

Feldman interview appears on Time website

Robert Feldman interview appears on Time website, August 19, 2009
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Feldman on The Joy Cardin Show

Robert Feldman is interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Joy Cardin Show, August 17, 2009

Feldman on The Matt and Ramona Show

Robert Feldman is interviewed on The Matt and Ramona Show out of Charlotte, NC, August 13, 2009

Feldman on The Conversation

Robert Feldman appears on KUOW Seattle Public Radio The Conversation, August 12, 2009

Feldman in Entertainment Daily

Article, New Book Debunks Myths about Lying, Deception, features The Liar in Your Life, August 9, 2009. Read More

Feldman in The Guardian

Article, "The truth about lying: who does it, and why," appears in The Guardian, August 8, 2009. Read More

Feldman in Globe and Mail

Robert Feldman discusses The Liar in Your Life in an article "Oh Yeah, You’re the Best I've Ever Had" in the Canadian Globe and Mail, August 7, 2009
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Feldman on WFCR, Amherst

Robert Feldman discusses The Liar in Your Life on WFCR, National Public Radio in Amherst, MA, August 7, 2009

Feldman on Patt Morrison Show, Los Angeles

Robert Feldman interviewed on KPCC Los Angeles Public Radio Patt Morrison Show, August 6, 2009

Feldman on The Bev Smith Show

Robert Feldman takes calls on American Urban Radio Network The Bev Smith Show, August 5, 2009

Feldman on WFXT TV, Boston

Robert Feldman appears on Evening News on WFXT TV, Boston, August 5, 2009
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Discussion of Liar in Your Life on WWLP Nightly News

Liar in Your Life discussed on WWLP, Springfield, August 5, 2009
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Feldman on Think

Robert Feldman on KERA Dallas/Fort Worth Public Radio, August 5, 2009

Feldman on NPR’s Talk of the Nation

Robert Feldman takes calls on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, August 4, 2009, 3pm
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Feldman on New York Public Radio

Robert Feldman is interviewed on WNYC New York public radio station’s Leonard Lopate Show, August 3, 2009, 12pm
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Feldman on Good Morning America

Robert Feldman appears live on ABC’s Good Morning America, August 3, 2009, 7am

The Liar in Your Life Book Launch

Hardcover book publication August 3, 2009; also available in audio CD and Kindle versions

O, The Oprah Magazine quotes The Liar in Your Life

O, The Oprah Magazine describes “the truth about lying” with quotes from The Liar in Your Life (August, 2009)

Psychology Today review

Psychology Today reviews The Liar in Your Life (August, 2009)

London’s Guardian newspaper excerpt

The London Guardian newspaper publishes an excerpt from The Liar in Your Life (August, 2009)

About the Author

Robert S. Feldman

Robert S. Feldman, Ph.D., a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science, has examined lying and everyday deception for over 25 years.

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Why do people lie so much?

Most often, the lies we are exposed to are not venal, but rather ways to make social interactions proceed more smoothly. People lie to be agreeable or to make us feel better about ourselves. Of course, people also lie to build themselves up or to gain some advantage over us. And many of us lie to ourselves as much as we are lied to by others.

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Latest News

Zeit Wissen Magazine [Germany] Publishes Article.
Feldman is interviewed at length about his research and writing on lying in the April-May, 2012 issue. Included are some compelling photographs.
April-May 2012.

WGBY Program Discusses Lying OnLine.
On WGBY's "Connecting Point" Dean Robert Feldman, professor of psychology, discussed his paper “Liar, Liar, Hard Drive on Fire: How Media Context Affects Lying Behavior.” He found that people are more likely to lie in instant messages and emails than in face-to-face interaction.
March, 2012.

Liar, Liar, Hard Drive on Fire Published in JASP.
A new study by Robert Feldman and Mattityahu Zimbler, a graduate student, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology (October 2011), finds that communication using computers for instant messaging and e-mail increases lying compared to face-to-face conversations, with e-mail messages containing the most lies.
October 2011.