February 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

Science Café: Detecting Deception, April 2

Suhr flierScience Café presents Dr. Julie Suhr on “Detecting Deception” at 5 p.m. in the Baker Center Front Room.

Science Cafe“Now you see it, now you don’t” are lines frequently used by magicians when making a white rabbit disappear into thin air. The audience stares in bewilderment. This kind of deception, along with many others, is common in human behavior. Suhr, Professor of Psychology, studies deception in the medical and psychological environment. Sometimes it becomes too easy for patients to turn a simple illness or symptom into a disability in order to receive medicine they don’t actually need or to receive compensation from a lawsuit.

“People often attempt to deceive others for the purpose of gaining something from it,” she says. “But, this can lead to problems and misdiagnoses of both medical and psychological conditions.” Her research looks at how common deception is and ways in which clinicians can detect it.

Attend the event or watch on A&S TV.

Science Cafés and Café Conversations are held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Baker Center Front Room. Café events are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Both cafés are venues for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. The Science Cafe is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. The two series are sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Find the Science Café on Facebook and Twitter.

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