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Heard’s emotions on the witness stand don’t mean she was lying, experts say

The way Amber Heard behaved on the witness stand shouldn’t necessarily be taken as proof that she was lyingthe experts said Initiated.

Last week, a Depp v Heard jury member told Good Morning America that the Aquaman star “didn’t look believable” in court, explaining, “It looked like she was able to activate her emotions. She was answering a question and she was crying and two seconds later she was freezing. It didn’t seem natural.

However, Dr. Kate Porterfield of Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma says such sudden emotional shifts can occur when survivors talk about traumatic experiences, as they first become agitated and then seek to calm down. .

“So the person can then appear flat, detached and disconnected,” said Porterfield. “All of this is difficult for juries to understand because it seems counter-intuitive that a person could look flat or maybe even bored.”

Dr Jim Hopper of Harvard Medical School said it was ‘only human’ for jurors to be swayed by the outward emotions of witnesses, but added: ‘The question is what knowledge base do you have? […] If it was someone who was traumatized, then are you able to empathize with someone who might express that trauma in different ways?”

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