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Lie Detection

  1. William G. Iacono

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0507

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Iacono, W. G. 2010. Lie Detection. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Minnesota

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Because lying often has harmful consequences, it is not surprising that law enforcement and security agencies have long been invested in having a valid lie detector. However, despite almost a century of effort devoted to lie detector development, there remains no fool-proof method for identifying liars.


  • polygraph;
  • control question test;
  • guilty knowledge test