Links to useful articles and reports

Please bear with me – these links are under construction


The Polygraph and Lie Detection
(2003). The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. The most recent comprehensive report reviewing the empirical evidence for the effectiveness and utility of the polygraph and other methods of deception detection.

New Scientist’s Deception Special, from 30 July 2005
An interesting set of stories on various aspects of lying, including:

  • Our lying minds – Deception plays a crucial role in our daily lives, but don’t take our word for it
  • The truth about lies – Lying has its uses and so do the people who can detect it.
  • The power of mediums – What gives mediums their seemingly uncanny ability to read our minds?
  • Tricks of the magical trade – The techniques magicians use reveal just how easy it is to bamboozle the brain.
  • The great pretender – Derren Brown is a British illusionist who specialises in psychological techniques to give the appearance of mind reading and thought control
  • Sadly, all articles are now in the ‘premium’ section of the magazine so you need to be a subscriber (or pay) to access the full text.

    Deception Detection: Psychologists try to learn how to spot a liar
    Carrie Lock
    Science News, July 31, 2004; Vol. 166, No. 5 , p. 72
    A good overview article, with plenty of quotes from the big names in this field and a good set of links at the end.

    Who can catch a liar?
    American Psychologist 46 (September 1991) :913-920
    Paul Ekman and Maureen O’Sullivan’s classic paper, freely available as a PDF from the above link.

    Detecting Deception: A Quick Review of the Research, a paper from John M. Grohol on the Psych Central website. A very quick review, and drawing very selectively on the research.

    An informative FAQ page on fMRI and deception from Cephos Corp, but remember that the company is trying to sell fMRI technology for lie detection.

    Detecting deception in the APA’s Monitor on Psychology, Volume 35, No. 7 July/August 2004, discusses using behavioural measures to detect deception, drawing on the work of Paul Ekman and Mark Frank.

    DePaulo et al. (2003). Cues to Deception. Psychological Bulletin 129(1):74–118. (Link takes you to a PDF).

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