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Poly761
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posted 07-12-2012 11:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Poly761 Click Here to Email Poly761 Edit/Delete Message
Where can I find current information about statement tests? What is the good, bad and the ugly information about this type of test?

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Barry C
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posted 07-13-2012 09:07 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Barry C Click Here to Email Barry C Edit/Delete Message
There's lots of opinion, but that's about it.

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Dan Mangan
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posted 07-13-2012 09:32 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Dan Mangan Edit/Delete Message
On top of that, it's simply not in vogue with the current regime of policy-driving intelligentsia running the APA.

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Barry C
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posted 07-13-2012 10:31 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Barry C Click Here to Email Barry C Edit/Delete Message
I don't know that it's ever been "in vogue." What little Stan Abrams did was quickly dismissed as unscientific by scientists. It was only the non-scientists who ran with it.

Again, why not run all tests as statement tests if they work so well?

The hypothesis is that some RQs are "too hot" for some examinees. Thus, the argument really is polygraph doesn't work with them. We can only guess what portion of the population is impacted by the "too hot" issue, and we are left to subjective opinions to determine when to "weaken" the RQs so the innocent can pass when he otherwise wouldn't. That's a problem.

This is another attempt at fixing a perceived problem with a technical question solution. To date, those "solutions" haven't worked much at all, so the track record is weak.

Has anybody yet demonstrated that innocent people can't pass tests when sex offenses are the target issue? If not, then why would we want to change things?

The other use, as we've seen here recently, is to try to use a single statement to test multiple issues. I think the idea is to then argue that it's a single issue test, but I won't go there now....

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Dan Mangan
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posted 07-13-2012 11:18 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Dan Mangan Edit/Delete Message
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What little Stan Abrams did was quickly dismissed as unscientific by scientists.

Did the "scientists" bother to test the hypothesis by conducting a side-by-side study of the two techniques? Or is it that they, being scientists and all, simply "know better?"

Polygraph is fraught the subjective elements, that's why the general scientific community -- and the courts -- largely reject it.

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