Detecting true lies: police officers' ability to detect suspects' lies

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Abstract

Ninety-nine police officers, not identified in previous research as belonging to groups which are superior in lie detection, attempted to detect truths and lies told by suspects during their videotaped police interviews. Accuracy rates were higher than typically found in deception research and reached levels similar to those obtained by specialized lie detectors in previous research. Accuracy was positively correlated with perceived experience in interviewing suspects and with mentioning cues to detecting deceit that relate to a suspect's story. Accuracy was negatively correlated with popular stereotypical cues such as gaze aversion and fidgeting. Like previous research, accuracy and confidence were not significantly correlated, but the level of confidence was dependent on whether officers judged actual truths or actual lies and on the method by which confidence was measured
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-149
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004

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