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Media Advisory 09-032

Media Briefing - Online Deception Deconstructed

Cornell scientist discusses the science behind detecting lies on dating Web sites and in other online activities

Jeffery Hancock discusses deception on internet dating and social networking sites.
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Jeffery Hancock discusses deception on internet dating and social networking sites.

November 25, 2009

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What:Media-exclusive Web briefing with NSF-supported Cornell scientist Jeffrey T. Hancock, who will discuss his extensive research into how to find out who's lying on popular dating Web sites such as and other online venues.
When:Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. ET

Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for an online discussion with Dr. Jeffrey T. Hancock of Cornell University's department of communication and faculty of information science. Hancock and his collaborators have studied self-presentation and online deception for years, and have come up with some interesting findings, including when, where and how people lie online.

Any journalist who covers Internet culture, communication, social science research, or who just wants to know how people lie on dating Web sites will find this of interest. This event is only open to the media, who can join us either online or over the phone. The event will also be archived on Webcasts for the News Media. If you'd like to join us for this event, please contact Dana Cruikshank, media officer at the National Science Foundation at either (703) 292-7738 or


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