Detecting deception

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Preventing and solving crime are important issues, both to the general public and politicians, and having the ability to detect deceit would help in achieving these aims. Hopes are raised that these aims could be accomplished by: (i) commercial companies promoting and selling lie-detector equipment such as “voice-stress analysers” (VSA); (ii) pilot studies in the United Kingdom (and probably in other countries) where the traditional lie detector, the polygraph, is tested; and (iii) researchers testing and promoting new methodologies such as thermal imaging (Pavlidis, Eberhardt & Levine, 2002). These initiatives receive substantial media attention. The question is, how well informed are the claims that are made in these initiatives?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractical psychology for forensic investigations and prosecutions
EditorsM. Kebbell, G. Davies
Place of PublicationChichester
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780470092149
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameWiley series in psychology of crime, policing and law
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd


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