We use the term Interrogative Polygraphy to refer to a body of techniques that is popularly known as “lie detection.” and commonly referred to by its practitioners as “polygraphy.” The popular term is inaccurate and misleading, because none of the techniques actually detect lies (see Ekman, 1985). The term polygraphy is too broad if left unqualified. All psychophysiologists use polygraphs. This paper is concerned with those psychophysiologists who are using polygraphs as aids in interrogations, and that is why the term interrogative polygraphy is deemed appropriate.
The Truth Will Out: Interrogative Polygraphy (“Lie Detection”) With Event-Related Brain Potentials
Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
Volume 28, Issue 5, pages 531–547, September 1991
How to Cite
Farwell, L. A. and Donchin, E. (1991), The Truth Will Out: Interrogative Polygraphy (“Lie Detection”) With Event-Related Brain Potentials. Psychophysiology, 28: 531–547. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1991.tb01990.x
- Issue published online: 30 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
- (Manuscript received May 24, 1990; accepted for publication October 20, 1990)
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