Chapter Seventeen. Evaluating Truthfulness: Detecting Truths and Lies in Forensic Contexts

  1. Ray Bull Professor3,
  2. Tim Valentine PhD member Scientific staff Professor of Psychology Fellow4 and
  3. Tom Williamson
  1. Barry S. Cooper Director1,
  2. Hugues Hervé1 and
  3. John C. Yuille Professor Chief Executive Officer2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch17

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

How to Cite

Cooper, B. S., Hervé, H. and Yuille, J. C. (2009) Evaluating Truthfulness: Detecting Truths and Lies in Forensic Contexts, in Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions (eds R. Bull, T. Valentine and T. Williamson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Leicester, England, UK

  2. 4

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Forensic Alliance, Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, Canada

  2. 2

    The Forensic Alliance, University of British Columbia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470512678

Online ISBN: 9780470747599

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Keywords:

  • evaluating truthfulness - detecting truths and lies in forensic context;
  • skill-based as opposed to technology-driven methods for truthfulness evaluation;
  • complex nature of evaluating truthfulness;
  • lying and its evaluation, inherently complex topics;
  • approaches in evaluating truthfulness;
  • pre-training accuracy in evaluating truthfulness;
  • roadblocks, preventing individuals from accurately evaluating truthfulness;
  • evidenced-based training components in truthfulness evaluation;
  • acquiring evidence-based knowledge;
  • unlearning bad habits and acquiring knowledge and skills - for a better evaluation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The complex nature of evaluating truthfulness

  • Approaches to evaluating truthfulness

  • Research on evaluating truthfulness

  • Pre-training accuracy in evaluating truthfulness

  • Roadblocks to the accurate evaluation of truthfulness

  • Evidenced-based training components for the evaluation of truthfulness

  • Acquiring evidence-based knowledge

  • Skill acquisition

  • Method

  • Generalizing from the classroom to the real world

  • An evidenced-based approach to detecting truth and lies

  • Step-wise approach to evaluating truthfulness

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgement

  • References