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Brief Interactions May Offer Clues of Infidelity

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:08 am EDT
"First, I couldn't believe how consistent the observers were with each other at independently rating who they thought were cheating on their romantic partner. Second, I was surprised by how often they were right on the mark."

In a recent Personal Relationships study, observers were able to accurately identify people who were cheating on their romantic dating partner after viewing a short 3- to 4-min video of the couple interacting. Impressions of commitment and trustworthiness seemed to play a role.

The findings suggest that individuals seeking a committed relationship may be well advised to listen to their intuition or at least think twice before committing to someone they suspect may be inclined to cheat.

“I was personally amazed about what could be surmised about people after watching them on a video for just a few minutes,” said co-author Dr. Nathaniel Lambert. “First, I couldn't believe how consistent the observers were with each other at independently rating who they thought were cheating on their romantic partner. Second, I was surprised by how often they were right on the mark.”

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