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These documents distributed at this meeting will be deposited into the Public Access Files for this project:

Iacono, William. The TAD (Test for Academic Dishonesty). A Powerpoint presentation.

Honts, Charles, R. A Powerpoint presentation.

Harris, John C., Algorithmic Polygraph Evaluation Research at JHU/APL. A Powerpoint presentation.

Harris, John C., Algorithm Overview. Handout only.

Zelicoff, Alan P., Polygraphs and the National Labs: Dangerous Ruse Undermines National Security. Skeptical Inquirer, July/August 2001:21-23.

William Saletan, Polygraph Theism. MSN Slate Magazine,

Donchin, Emanuel, Applied Psychophysiology: It is all in the Shell. A Powerpoint presentation.
These documents were included in the briefing book. This list of references can be found in the public access file:

Honts, Charles R., Psychophysiological Detection of Deception. American Psychological Society, 3(3):77-82,1994.

Honts, Charles R., The Emperor's New Clothes: Application of Polygraph Tests in the American Workplace. Forensic Reports, 4:91-116, 1991.

Cabeza, Roberto, et al., Can medial temporal lobe regions distinguish true from false? An event-related functional MRI study of veridical and illusory recognition memory. Published online before print April 3, 2001, 10.1073/pnas.081082698; Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Vol 98, Issue 8, 4805-4810, April 10, 2001.

Keeler, Emmett, Introduction to Policy Analysis.

Faigman, David, Copyright 2002, West Publishing Co. [Not to be copied without permission]
Chapter 19: Polygraph Tests, 19-1.0 The Legal Relevance of Scientific Research on Polygraph Tests (through 19-1.5).
B. Scientific Status (Charles R. Honts, David C. Raskin, and John C. Kircher)
19-2.0 The Scientific Status of Research on Polygraph Techniques: The Case for Polygraph Tests (through 19-2.4.3)
19-3.0 The Scientific Status of Research on Polygraph Techniques: The Case Against Polygraph Tests (William G. Iacono and David T. Lykken) (through 19-3.4.3)

Blackwell, N. Joan. 1998. PolyScore 3.3 and Psychophysiological Detection of Deception Examiner Rates of Accuracy When Scoring Examinations from Actual Criminal Investigations. Ft. McClellan, AL: Department of Defense Polygraph Institute.

Elaad, E., A. Ginton, and N. Jungman. 1992. Detection measures in real-life criminal guilty knowledge tests. Journal of Applied Psychology 77(5):757-767.

Ginton, A., N. Daie, and E. Elaad. 1982. A method for evaluating the Uue of the polygraph in a real-life situation. Journal of Applied Psychology 67(2):131-137.

Honts, C.R., D.C. Raskin, and J.C. Kircher. 1994. Mental and physical countermeasures reduce the accuracy of polygraph tests. Journal of Applied Psychology 79():252-259.

Horvath, F. 1977. The effect of selected variables on interpretation of polygraph records. Journal of Applied Psychology 62(2):127-136.

Patrick, C.J., and W.G. Iacono. 1991. A comparison of field and laboratory polygraphs in the detection of deception. Psychophysiology 28(6):632-638.

Podlesny, J.A., and C.M. Truslow. 1993. Validity of an expanded-issue (Modified General Question) polygraph technique in a simulated distributed-crime-roles context. Journal of Applied Psychology 78(5):788-797.

Seymour, T.L., C.M. Siefert, M.G. Shafto, and A.L. Mosmann. 2000. Using response time measures to assess guilty knowledge. Journal of Applied Psychology 85(1):30-37.

Szucko, J.J. 1982. Clinical Judgment in the Polygraph Test: A Field Study. Dissertation. Ft. Jackson, SC: Department of Defense Polygraph Institute. 98 pages.

Nowhere to Hide, New Scientist, 2001

Scientists eyeing high-tech upgrade for lie detectors, Boston Globe, 6/16/01

Porges, Stephen W., Ph.D., Report of Peer Review of Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory. March 28-29, 1996. JHU/APL Facility, Laurel, MD. Can also be found at:

Woods Hole Study Center, 314 Quissett Avenue, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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8:00 am
Breakfast Buffet in Main House

8:30 am
Introductions and Welcome (Stephen Fienberg, committee chair)

Utility of the Polygraph

8:45 am
Charles Honts, Boise State University
9:30 am

9:45 am
William Iacono, University of Minnesota
10:30 am

Reliability of the Polygraph

10:45 am
John Harris, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
11:15 am

Possible Alternate Methods (Brain-Related Technologies)

11:30 am
Emanuel Donchin, University of Illinois
12:00 pm

12:15 pm
Buffet Lunch in Main House

Polygraph Research

1:15 pm
Sheila Reed, North Texas State Hospital
1:45 pm

Possible Alternate Methods (continued)

2:00 pm
Stephen Kosslyn, Harvard University
2:30 pm

2:45 pm

Polygraph Research (continued)

3:00 pm
Andrew Ryan, Department of Defense Polygraph Institute
3:30 pm

Policy Analysis

3:45 pm
Emmett Keeler (committee member)
4:15 pm

4:30 pm
General Discussion

5:00 pm


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