Deception blog round-up of recent research

I’ve neglected all the crimepsych blogs over the last few months (pressure of work and a doctorate to finish) but to make up for it, at least partially, I’ve published a round-up of all the interesting deception-related research from the last few months over on the Deception Blog. It’s in six parts (there’s a LOT of it) and can be found via the following links:

Part 1: Discussion of who can catch a liar and some research on signs of lying.

Part 2: New technologies and deception detection, particularly recent advances in the debate over fMRI but also some news about ERP-related deception detection.

Part 3: It’s magic! Reporting on the little flurry of interest in understanding how magicians deceive us, with some lessons for how practiced liars might achieve the same effect.

Part 4: When people lie in specific situations, from 911 calls to deception by the police.

Part 5: Polygraphy, and some recent research on the psychophisiology of lying.

Part 6: Kids’ lies, online lies and my deception book of the year.

Blogging is likely to continue to be sporadic on both this and the other crimepsych blogs over the next few months as I try and finish the doctorate, but if all goes to plan I hope to be back to better blogging by the summer of this year.

Wishing you all the best for a happy, safe and successful year in 2009!

5 thoughts on “Deception blog round-up of recent research”

  1. Hi,

    All the strength and success in the coming months and many many thanks for all the great blogs so far. I consider this blog a real resource.

    Kind regards,


  2. Hello. The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU is hosting a conference exploring the future of forensic science on April 3-4, 2009, in Tempe, Ariz., featuring nearly three dozen prominent speaker experts in the legal and academic communities. They will be discussing the findings of a report by the National Academy of Science’s Forensic Science Committee, which is expected after the first of the year.

    The program, for which up to seven hours of CLE per day will be offered, should be of great interest and value to your members. I’d like to submit the following for possible inclusion on the Association’s Web site or in its publications; should you need copies of our brochure or flier, I would be happy to e-mail or mail them to you.

    Please let me know if this is suitable, or if you need more information. Thank you.

    Lori F. Faling
    Program Coordinator
    Communications Office
    Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
    Arizona State University
    Ross-Blakley Law Library, L114A
    P.O. Box 877906
    Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
    Fax: (480)965-9554

    Forensic Science for the 21st Century:
    The National Academy of Sciences Report and Beyond

    The Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University will host an international conference on April 3-4, 2009, in Tempe, Ariz., on the future of forensic science, with special attention to the highly anticipated report of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, “Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community.”

    In addition to experts from universities such as the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, the University of California, Irvine, the University of Virginia and ASU, among others, participants will include state and federal judges, the NAS committee chairmen, the president of the American Association of Forensic Sciences, directors of the FBI laboratory and the Innocence Project, and prosecutors, defense attorneys, forensic scientists, and criminalists. Papers will be published in the ABA-ASU journal, Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, and in the Oxford University Press journal, Law, Probability & Risk.

    As part of the conference, The Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Senior Circuit Judge and Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and co-chair of the NAS Forensic Science Committee, will deliver the annual Willard H. Pedrick Lecture. The title of Judge Edwards’ talk is, ‘Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward.’

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  3. My name is Zenneia McLendon and I work for the National Academies. We appreciate your comments on the National Academy of Science report, “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United State: A Path Forward”. We encourage your readers to visit us at to get a copy of the pre-publication of this widely anticipated report, or to read it online.

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