Earlier this week, an article in the New York Times reported that a computer had been programmed to be more accurate than humans in detecting whether a person was in real pain or was only pretending to be in pain. According to the article, this development is significant because it has widespread potential applications, such as use as a lie detector or airport screening or diagnostic aids for doctors:
- “People generally excel at using nonverbal cues, including facial expressions, to deceive others (hence the poker face). They are good at mimicking pain, instinctively knowing how to contort their features to convey physical discomfort. And other people, studies show, typically do poorly at detecting those deceptions.”
These findings provide further support for Daniel Kahneman’s assertion that people need to energetically overrule their oft-mistaken, intuitive System 1 thinking.