Assessment Criteria Indicative of Deception (ACID): an integrated system of investigative interviewing and detecting deception
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2008
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
Volume 4, Issue 3, pages 167–180, October 2007
How to Cite
Colwell, K., Hiscock-Anisman, C. K., Memon, A., Taylor, L. and Prewett, J. (2007), Assessment Criteria Indicative of Deception (ACID): an integrated system of investigative interviewing and detecting deception. J. Investig. Psych. Offender Profil., 4: 167–180. doi: 10.1002/jip.73
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2008
- investigative interviewing;
- reality monitoring;
This study describes the assimilation and validation of Assessment Criteria Indicative of Deception (ACID). ACID is derived from investigative interviewing, Criteria-Based Content Analysis, Reality Monitoring, and interpersonal deception. Each component has been previously published. Thirty-eight university undergraduates entered a professor's office and either stole an exam or replaced an exam that had been stolen previously. They were interviewed 1 week later with the Reality Interview, which is deliberately challenging and aims to enhance the detection of deception. Half responded honestly and completely; half distorted their responses to avoid incrimination. Incentives were provided. Honest responses were longer, more detailed, and contained more admissions of potential mistakes. Most importantly, honest respondents benefited from attempts to enhance recall, whereas these same attempts caused deceptive respondents to provide shorter, more repetitive statements. This is a promising technique; 33 of 38 cases were classified accurately. Discussion includes characteristics of deception, process of deception during an investigative interview, hypothetical interview strategies to facilitate the detection of deception, strengths and weaknesses of the study, and areas for future research. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.