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Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and Opportunities, 2nd Edition


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Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and Opportunities, 2nd Edition

Aldert Vrij

ISBN: 978-0-470-51624-9 January 2008 504 Pages

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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.

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.