This just in, researchers at the University of Utah have developed a technology that can tell if you're lying by looking at your eyes.

No, it's not Mom.

It's also not your girlfriend, your banker or the boss who smirked when you told him you missed work yesterday because your grandmother died.

This is cutting-edge stuff, fresh out of some of the brightest minds at the University of Utah.

They have developed a technology that can analyze eye movement you can't see with the naked eye.

It's not just eye tracking. Eye-detection devices have been around for a long time. These guys have figured out what exactly to look for.

Basically, it comes down to two things: (1) pupil dilation and (2) what the eyes are fixated on.

Lying is harder work than telling the truth. When you're lying, your pupils dilate — the eyes really do widen — and you tend to focus and concentrate more on certain things.

The U. technology has figured out how to measure the dilation and track the focus by having the subject answer a series of true-or-false questions on a computer.

Unlike a polygraph test, which measures emotional reaction, the eye test measures cognitive reaction.

The U. researchers claim an accuracy rate from 80-90 percent — as good or better than a polygraph.

Better yet, their test is faster than a polygraph — about 20 minutes compared to four hours — it costs less to administer, and it doesn't require any contact with the subject being tested or, for that matter, any specialized training for the person conducting the test.

They don't have a name for it yet, so I'd like to suggest one: Leye Detector.

The technology was first brainstormed by two professors in the Department of Educational Psychology who like to climb mountains together.

About six years ago, John Kircher and Doug Hacker were on a climb when the discussion turned to whether lying could be detected in a person's reading behavior.

From that conversation came experiments, research, experiments, research and more experiments.

David Raskin, a professor of psychology now on emeritus status, was brought into the mix — which is sort of like saying a basketball team brought in Michael Jordan, or a choir brought in Luciano Pavarotti.

Raskin is one of the world's foremost authorities on lie-detection psychology — he was a polygraph consultant on the O.J. Simpson case, for example — and Kircher is his heir-apparent as a world-renowned polygraph expert.

Raskin and Kircher approached the research from the psychology-physiology end, while Hacker came at it from his area of expertise, which is the psychology of reading and writing.

Then Anne Cook, a psychologist with expertise in eye-tracking technology, was hired.

It was an A-Team of lie detectors.

Their groundbreaking technology came to public attention this week when it was announced that their work had caught the eye, and pocketbook, of a pair of venture capitalists, Donald Sanborn and Gerald Sanders, who have purchased a license for the technology with plans to develop it commercially while financing further research.

One big prospective customer is the United States government.

Leye Detectors (All Rights Reserved) could be used to screen applicants for thousands of government jobs, particularly sensitive positions such as the border patrol, customs officials, state department postings and so forth.

But the sky, really, is the limit.

Think of the possibilities — especially if the process gets further refined.

Bartenders could use a Leye Detector to see if someone really has had enough. Teachers could tell if the dog did indeed eat the homework.

You could use one when the auto mechanic says you need a new water pump.

When a panhandler asks you for change, ostensibly so he can catch the bus? You reach in your pocket for the Leye Detector.

The guy who owes you 10 bucks says he put it in the mail. You say, "Hold on a minute. Mind answering a few true-false questions?"

Maybe in the past you could hide those lyin' eyes. Not now. Technology has joined the truth posse. Even Mom isn't this good.

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