The role of deception in P300 memory detection
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2009 The British Psychological Society
Legal and Criminological Psychology
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 253–262, September 2009
How to Cite
Verschuere, B., Rosenfeld, J. P., Winograd, M. R., Labkovsky, E. and Wiersema, R. (2009), The role of deception in P300 memory detection. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 14: 253–262. doi: 10.1348/135532508X384184
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Received 14 August 2008; revised version received 8 October 2008
Purpose. P300 memory detection test is a neuroscientific procedure to assess memories stored in the brain. P300 memory detection can and is currently applied to assess criminal suspects on recognition of critical crime information. Contrasting memory detection with lie detection, researchers have argued that P300 memory detection does not involve deception. We empirically investigated this argument by manipulating deception between groups.
Methods. Thirty-four community volunteers participated in a P300 memory detection test, answering either deceptively (deceptive condition) or truthfully (truth condition) to their own name.
Results. P300 memory detection was significant in the truth condition, indicating that deceptive responding is not a prerequisite for valid P300 memory detection. However, there were clear indications that deceptive responding improved memory detection.
Conclusions. Deception seems involved in the P300 memory detection test; and deceptive responding may add to test accuracy.