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Polygraph Procedure Unknown: Requires Answers
Nov 14th, 2020 at 4:00am
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It has been nearly a decade since I posted on here, but recently a friend had a polygraph and the format is one that I haven't seen before. I will report (minus redactions) what the polygrapher said.

"Prior to administering the test, all questions were thoroughly reviewed with Mr._____ to ensure he understood the scope and meaning of each question. Prior to to begininng the examination, I provided Mr.____ with specific test instructions and he indicated he understood.

An acquaintance test, followed by two series (A and B) of test charts were administered. A functionality check was conducted during the acquaintance test and all components functioned properly.

Relevant questions asked:
Seriers A:
Question R1: Since your release from prison in ____, have you viewed any pornography?
Answer: No
Result: Significant Reaction

Question R2: Since your release from prison in ____, have you viewed any nude images of minors?
Answer: No
Result: No opinion

Series B:
Question R3: Since your release from prison in ____, did you access the internet on _____'s laptop or any other device that DOC is not aware of?
Answer: No
Result: Significant Reaction

Question R4: Since your release from prison in ____, did you view any nude images of minors on ______'s laptop?
Answer: No
Result: No opinion

Test Data Analysis
Inspection of the examination data showed there to be adequate interpretable qaulity that was sufficiently free of aritifacts and/or distorted segments to complete an empirical scoring system test data analysis (ESS-M)

There were SIGNIFICANT REACTIONS indicative of deception on the series A and B examinations to #R1 and #R3. Due to the enormity of Mr.___'s reactions to #R2 and #R4 may have been subdued and I am unable to provide an opinion regarding Mr.___'s truthfulness to those questions

This was acquired through public disclosure after the PO tried to arrest him. Though the DOC policy in this state does not allow for adverse action to be taken solely upon the results of a polygraph. The DOC policy for polygraphs requires them to follow the APA guidelines, so what test structure is this? How do I indentify the control questions?
I informed my friend to get a hold of the charts as well. He was not detained as there was no evidence to substantiate these claims made by the polygrapher. She also is the only one in this area that records with video.

I may have a test coming up and if she is my polygrapher I would like to be prepared for the test. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Also there was once a book on the site that had a list of test formats and what the question patterns for that looked like, is that book still available?
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Re: Polygraph Procedure Unknown: Requires Answers
Reply #1 - Nov 14th, 2020 at 7:22pm
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A format commonly used in post-conviction polygraph screening is the "Air Force Modified General Question Test" or AFMGQT. It's a type of probable-lie "control" question "test." You can read more about this technique at Appendix C of the 2010 U.S. Customs and Border Protection polygraph handbook previously published on AntiPolygraph.org.

In post-conviction polygraph screening, the relevant questions are typically about behavior that would constitute a violation of probation or parole. The "control" questions are typically about thoughts or having ever lied to a person in a position of authority, such as a probation officer, therapist, or polygraph operator.

Your friend will want to obtain not just a printout of the charts, but the actual computerized data file associated with his polygraph examination, as well as a copy of the videorecording. If he (or his lawyer) can obtain this data, I would be happy to provide a written review.

The book with a list of polygraph formats at the end is The Lie Behind the Lie Detector, which remains available and is now in its fifth edition. However, the book does not include an appendix on the AFMGQT. Chapter 4 of the book includes tips for identifying "control" questions, beginning at p. 147.
  

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Reply #2 - Nov 15th, 2020 at 7:04am
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Thank you for your response, I appreciate the time you took to answer.
Can I infer by your response that the information provided was only the relevant questions and not the entire line of questions?

I have received public disclosure documentation on my own previous polygraphs and the polygrapher clearly noted what the testing format used (which was the same method you mentioned). Is this standard protocol in their reports to state their methodology? In this state they are supposed to follow strict guidelines and if she is deviating I may be able to use that in my friend's actions.

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kol wrote on Nov 15th, 2020 at 7:04am:
Thank you for your response, I appreciate the time you took to answer.
Can I infer by your response that the information provided was only the relevant questions and not the entire line of questions?


Yes. It is standard practice for polygraph operators to list only the relevant questions in their reports. To obtain the complete question list, which is necessary for a proper review, one must obtain the computerized data file or an audio or video recording.

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I have received public disclosure documentation on my own previous polygraphs and the polygrapher clearly noted what the testing format used (which was the same method you mentioned). Is this standard protocol in their reports to state their methodology?


Yes. It is standard practice for polygraph operators to mention the protocol used (for example, AFMGQT) in their reports.
  

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