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Writing an interrogation
Jan 21st, 2010 at 1:56pm
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Hello,

I just started my career as a Sci-Fi writer (please don't mock me) and, after some chapters, found it could be useful for one of my characters to take a polygraph test.
It takes place in a sort of post-acapolyptic background, so it hasn't to be perfectly accurate in every detail, but still I'd like to it to be realistic and believable.

Right now my biggest concerns are: how many control and irrelevant questions should I add for every relevant one? Are they just scattered along the interrogation or should be placed at regular intervals? How many times can I ask the same question?
Probably I'm going to have some further questions, as they'll come to my mind.

Unfortunately I'm not a big police TV shows fan, but if you can point me toward a show' specific episode which could be a nice example it'll be fine anyway, even if English is not my main language.

Thanks in advance.
  
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Reply #1 - Jan 21st, 2010 at 2:09pm
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You'll find question orders for various polygraph techniques in the "Federal Psychophysiological Detection of Deception Examiner Handbook," which you can download here:

https://antipolygraph.org/documents/federal-polygraph-handbook-02-10-2006.pdf

For video of a "real" polygraph session (rather than a dramatized/fictionalized portrayal of one), see my "Critique of Louis I. Rovner's Polygraph Examination and Testimony in Ohio v. Sharma:"

https://antipolygraph.org/cgi-bin/forums/YaBB.pl?num=1187845990

And to get a better understanding of polygraphy in general, see our free book, The Lie Behind the Lie Detector:

https://antipolygraph.org/lie-behind-the-lie-detector.pdf
  

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Re: Writing an interrogation
Reply #2 - Jan 21st, 2010 at 2:13pm
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I already downloaded the PDFs yesterday (and some more of them) but didn't know the video.
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