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The Transformation of Governance by Donald F. Kettl
The Transformation of Governance by Donald F. Kettl
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Committee to Review the Scientific Evidence on the Polygraph, National Research Council
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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: National Academies Press (January 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309084369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309084369
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,200,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary Denton on June 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There are a lot of myths about lie detectors. This book explores them scientifically and points out their limitations.

I will get polygraph personnel say they get 95% or 99% success rates. However, twenty-four studies found correct detection of guilt ranging from 35% to 100%. Overall, 83% of guilty subjects were diagnose as "deceptive," as were 43% of innocent subjects.

The earliest lie detector was from China where suspects were given rice to chew and then spit out. If the rice was dry they were too nervous to form saliva and were guilty. The problem is about half the innocent people were too scared to get the rice wet and some brazen criminals weren't scared. The same problem exists today.

Lie detectors are especially unreliable for truthful people. Many more innocent people test as "deceptive" than guilty people test as "innocent." Those who run a special risk include people who get upset if someone accuses them of something they didn't do, people with short tempers, people who tend to feel guilty anyway, and people not accustomed to having their word questioned. All of these feelings can change heart rate, breathing, and perspiration and their heightened feelings are easily confused with guilt.

According to one researcher, one prison inmate, who became the jail-house polygraph expert after studying the literature, trained twenty-seven fellow inmates in the seat techniques; twenty-three beat the polygraph tests used to investigate violations of prison rules.

It takes more time to learn to be a barber than it does to get a polygraph license.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P.G. Hughes on May 4, 2012
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Bought this book since a guy working for me was charged for doing something he did not do. They used the Polygraph results as aggravating evidence, as he was shown to be deceptive. The problem was about the Stigmatisation and Expectation in this case, which biased the testing process. Book helped with the graphs and really objective information - highlight recommended :). An innocent guy is now still working for me.
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I made extensive use of this text on cross-examination of the State's "expert" on polygraphs in a murder prosecution in Ohio. The failure of that expert to recognize the limitations of the procedure , especially in the lack of verifiable results, made her testimony that my client had failed a "stipulated" polygraph inadmissible in the trial of that murder.
This NAS text is invaluable examination of polygraph experts
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bunny on March 25, 2009
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The authors of this academic (boring) book complied a variety of research, but it would have been more helpful if they had conducted some experiments instead of just compiling the research of others. It really seems to be useless.
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