Read the article “Lie detection and the polygraph: A historical Review”
by DON GRUBIN & LARS MADSEN, 2005.
1) Summarize what you believe to be the three biggest events in the history of
lie detection (pp 357-364).
2) Two part question: What are the primary post-conviction uses of the
polygraph (pp 364-366) and what is the current status of the polygraph (with
regard to the difference between the proponents and advocates of using
polygraphs). (pp 366-367).
3) Having read the article, elaborate on your opinions about the effectiveness
of the polygraph for lie detection. Do you think it should be used? Why or
PART 2 (Do this only after you have completed Part 1.)
Read the article “Pitfalls and Opportunities in Nonverbal and
Verbal Lie Detection” by Aldert Vrij, Par Anders Granham, and Stephen Porter
4) Summarize three pieces of information regarding the history of lie detection
in this article that you did not already learn from the previous article (by
Grubin and Madsen, 2005) (pp. 89-93).
5) Describe three pitfalls of lie detection that you think are most concerning in
regard to its validity (pp. 93-96).
6) Of the various common errors made by lie detectors, describe the three that
you believe to be most disturbing (pp. 96-102)
7) Summarize three of the opportunities for lie detection you find most
promising for the future. (pp.102-112).
8) Having read this article, elaborate on your opinions about the effectiveness
of techniques used for lie detection. Do you still agree with the conclusions
that you made in Question 3 (above)? Explain why or why not.
PART 3 (COMPARE AND CONTRAST)
9) Describe three pieces of information (ideas) that the authors of two journal
articles have in common.
10) Describe two pieces of information that the authors of two journal articles
disagree on. In other words, describe two ideas that were found in one of
the journal articles but not in the other.
PART 4 (Your journal article) (Do these questions last.)
11) Do a journal article search (on the UALR Ottenheimer Library search
site) to find 1 journal article related to the topic of lie detection and
polygraphs. Choose just 1 journal article that you think is interesting.
This journal article must be a primary source describing original research.
Secondary sources, such as magazine articles, newspaper articles, or
internet sites do not count. The article you choose must have been
published within the past 5 years. (Obviously, you can’t use one of the
two articles I provided for you in parts 1 and 2 above). Read the article.
(This question does not require a written response other than to let me
know the authors and title of your article).
12) Briefly describe the journal article. Include in your description 1) the
hypothese(s) being investigated by the researches, 2) the type of
research participants (subjects) used, 3) the research method employed
by the researchers, 4) the most important result of the study, and 6) the
final conclusion drawn by the researchers,
13) How does the information in this journal article (that you found) provide
new or different information than what was presented in the two journal
articles that I provided for you to read?
14) At the end of your semester project, provide an APA style reference
section that includes all three of the journal articles read for this project.
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