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Thread: Do Polygraphs Work?

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    Do Polygraphs Work?

    Polygraphs aka Lie Dectors

    We know they are not usable in a court of law, but I want to know if you think they can prove the person is lying or telling the truth?

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    Re: Do Polygraphs Work?

    Not really.


    Mostly they are only useful as a form of pressured interrogation, where the stress of being hooked up to the supposed "lie detector" (hah! don't make me laugh) tends to make people screw up their story or lose their nerve and confess.

    That springy band across your chest? It isn't even hooked up to anything.

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    Re: Do Polygraphs Work?

    I dunno...let me try...

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    'I hate video games'

    Whoa...the machine is going nuts...looks like they work.
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    Re: Do Polygraphs Work?

    They work great....





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    Re: Do Polygraphs Work?

    From what I've heard they work well on the majority of people.

    Two huge problems though.

    1) The degree they work and under what conditions vary considerably and can't be predicted.

    2) The techniques to beat a polygraph are not very complicated.

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    Re: Do Polygraphs Work?

    They can prove you have a stress reaction when answering a question, whether that means you're lying, emotional, or doing it intentionally is up for someone else to interpret.
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    Re: Do Polygraphs Work?

    They work fine unless the respondent knows what s/he's doing.

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