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

The way Amber Heard behaved on the witness stand should not necessarily be taken as evidence that she was lying, experts have told Insider.

A Depp v Heard judge last week told Good Morning America that the Aquaman star “didn’t seem credible” in court, explaining, “She seemed like she was able to flip the switch on her emotions. She would answer one question and she would cry and two seconds later she would go freezing cold.It didn’t look natural.”

dr. However, 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 because they get excited first and then try to calm themselves.

“Thus, the person can then appear flat, loose, and disconnected,” Porterfield said. †All this is difficult for juries to understand because it seems counter-intuitive that someone might look flat or maybe even get bored.”

dr. Jim Hopper of Harvard Medical School said it was “only human” for jurors to be influenced by outer emotions, but added, “The question is what knowledge base do you have? […] If it was someone who was traumatized, then what? are you able to empathize with someone who could express that trauma in different ways?

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