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Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and Opportunities / Edition 2

Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and Opportunities / Edition 2

by Aldert VrijAldert Vrij
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Why do people lie?
Do gender and personality differences affect how people lie?
How can lies be detected?

Detecting Lies and Deceit provides the most comprehensive review of deception to date. This revised edition provides an up-to-date account of deception research and discusses the working and efficacy of the most commonly used lie detection tools, including:

  • Behaviour Analysis Interview
  • Statement Validity Assessment
  • Reality Monitoring
  • Scientific Content Analysis
  • Several different polygraph tests
  • Voice Stress Analysis
  • Thermal Imaging
  • EEG-P300
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

All three aspects of deception are covered: nonverbal cues, speech and written statement analysis and (neuro)physiological responses. The most common errors in lie detection are discussed and practical guidelines are provided to help professionals improve their lie detection skills.

Detecting Lies and Deceit is a must-have resource for students, academics and professionals in psychology, criminology, policing and law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470516256
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/14/2008
Series: Wiley Series in Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 502
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Aldert Vrij is a Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth (UK). He has published more than 300 articles and book chapters to date, mainly on the subjects of nonverbal and verbal cues to deception and lie detection. he also advises the police about conducting interviews with suspects, acts as an Expert Witness in court, and gives invited talks and workshops on lie detection to practitioners and scholars across the world. he is at present Editor of Legal and Criminological Psychology, a forensic journal published by the British Psychological Society.

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Table of Contents

About the Author.

Series Preface.



1 Introduction.

2 Lying: A Selfish Act and a Social Lubricant.

3 Nonverbal Behaviour and Deception.

4 Individual Verbal Cues to Deception.

5 Beliefs about Nonverbal and Verbal Cues to Deception.

6 Lie Detection Without Using Specialised Tools.

7 The Behaviour Analysis Interview.

8 Statement Validity Assessment.

9 Reality Monitoring.

10 Scientific Content Analysis.

11 Physiological Lie Detection: The Concern Approach.

12 Physiological Lie Detection: The Orienting Reflex Approach.

13 Physiological Lie Detection: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).

14 Pitfalls: Why People Fail to Catch Liars.

15 Opportunities: How People Can Improve Their Lie Detection Skills.




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