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date: 30 November 2020

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Lying involves producing an utterance, just like telling the truth, but there are differences between how people produce a lie and how they produce a truth. Here we discuss those differences from a psycholinguistic perspective. We start by introducing a psycholinguistic model of language production. We then discuss the evidence that the production process is altered when people lie, and identify areas that have not yet been tested but hold promise. The topics we discuss include the suppression process, lie construction, perspective taking, and how lying taps central resources. We conclude by highlighting the benefits to deception researchers of understanding the truthful production process and the benefits to psycholinguists of understanding how people lie.

Keywords: psycholinguistics, lying, deception, language production, suppression

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