I'm a big fan of the Fox series "Lie to Me." If you haven't seen it before, it's worth checking out - especially in the early episodes where they often reference and explain the science behind lie detection. In one episode, they make reference to repeated words in spontaneous speech, not unlike this quote from Kyle Tucker's blog:
ON [STINESPRING] SAYING DURING MONDAY NIGHT’S RADIO SHOW THAT COACH FRANK BEAMER MET WITH HIM SUNDAY AND GAVE HIM ‘AN INCENTIVE’: “Naw, he didn't give – we just meet as a staff. He meets offensively and defensively and it was more just making light of it, but I think he expects us to perform better and we all do. Our players and our staff, we all expect to perform better and we need to get over the hump and we need to perform better. We need to finish some drives. We need to take care of the football, and we just need to play better. The bottom line is that's my responsibility, and he understands that. I understand that. As we were watching film, I think we were very aware of what we needed to do better. He was very much a part of that meeting, as he always is."
When I read that quote, my mind jumped back to that episode. Stiney repeats the words "perform better" three times in just two sentences. I decided to do a bit of research to see what I could find on the subject. I found an article from the July/August 2004 edition of the APA Monitor, a publication put out by the American Psychological Association, called "Detecting Deception." From the article:
"Liars' answers sound more discrepant and ambivalent, the structure of their stories is less logical, and their stories sound less plausible," [Bella DePaulo, PhD, of the University of California, Santa Barbara and co-author Wendy Morris, a psychology graduate student at the University of Virginia] say. Liars also use fewer hand movements to illustrate their actions but are more likely to repeat words and phrases, they add.
Also, from the same article:
DePaulo and Morris say that liars take longer to start answering questions than truth-tellers...
Stiney takes a moment to put together a complete sentence at the beginning of his answer, if you can call that an answer. If you listen... i mean PAY FOR to the replay of Tech Talk Live from Monday night, you'll hear him accidentally mention the "incentive," then when Bill Roth asks him what the incentive was, he takes a long, LONG pause before trying to downplay the statement. Looks like Beamer HAS been giving Stiney some "incentive." We can only hope it's his job he's playing for.