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Live updates from the aftermath of Johnny Depp’s trial against Amber Heard: reactions to the verdict, interview with Heard, revealing book

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Amber Heard’s Emotional Testimony Isn’t a Sign of a Lie, Experts Say

The way Amber Heard conducted herself on the witness stand should not necessarily be taken as evidence that she was lying, experts tell Insider.

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,” Porterfield said. “All of this is difficult for juries to understand because it seems counter-intuitive that a person might 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 this trauma in different ways?