Credibility Assessment book cover

Credibility Assessment

Scientific Research and Applications

In 2001, the late Murray Kleiner and an array of experts contributed to the Handbook of Polygraph Testing, published by Elsevier, which examined the fundamental principles behind polygraph tests and reviewed the key tests and methods used at that time. In the intervening thirteen years, the field has moved beyond traditional polygraph testing to include a host of biometrics and behavioral observations. The new title reflects the breadth of methods now used.

Credibility Assessment builds on the content provided in the Kleiner volume, with revised polygraph testing chapters and chapters on newer methodologies, such as CNS, Ocular-motor, and behavioral measures. Deception detection is a major field of interest in criminal investigation and prosecution, national security screening, and screening at ports of entry. Many of these methods have a long history, e.g., polygraph examinations, and some rely on relatively new technologies, e.g., fMRI and Ocular-motor measurements. Others rely on behavioral observations of persons in less restricted settings, e.g., airport screening. The authors, all of whom are internationally-recognized experts associated with major universities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe, review and analyze various methods for the detection of deception, their current applications, and major issues and controversies surrounding their uses. This volume will be of great interest among forensic psychologists, psychophysiologists, polygraph examiners, law enforcement, courts, attorneys, and government agencies.


Forensic psychologists, psychophysiologists, attorneys, and government agencies

Hardbound, 416 Pages

Published: February 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-394433-7


  • “This book provides a current review of the scientific basis for credibility assessment. Because credibility assessment is a multidisciplinary endeavor, an edited volume provides the best opportunity for a broad view of the field. Together, these seven chapters provide a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners, and decision makers.”-- Journal of Forensic Psychology,Volume 6, 2014


  • Preface


    About the Authors


    1. The Strategic Use of Evidence During Criminal Investigative Interviews

    2. The Assessment of Credibility and Malintent at Portals

    3. Validity of Polygraph Techniques and Decision Methods

    4. Countermeasures and Credibility Assessment

    5. Ocular-motor Tests for Deception

    6. Central Nervous System Deception Tests

    7. Theory of Detection of Deception


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