Identifying Truth and Lie through

 Event-Related Potentials (ERPs)

3-Hour workshop
with Dr Elena Labkovsky on brain based detection
 of concealed information for legal, medical and mental health professionals

14 March 2013
Time: 18:00pm QLD time
Terraces rooms, Outrigger Twin Towns Resort

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Workshop on lie detection with ERPs.pdf

 ERP method can be used as an effective tool for identification of concealed information memory deficit and malingering. A growing body of research shows that people lie constantly, that deception is pervasive in everyday life. People lie for different reasons. The top reasons include avoiding punishment (as during criminal investigations) or obtaining financial compensation (in clinical settings). Malingering, for example, is one of the most common symptoms accompanying many psychological/neuropsychological conditions. In traumatic injury cases (like closed head injury) where monetary compensation can be claimed, the potential motivation to exaggerate memory deficit increases. Thus, it often becomes difficult to estimate actual memory deficit. Literature shows that estimates of malingering reach up to 50% for malingered psychological symptoms. Are there ways to reliably identify concealing information? An ERP-based memory deficit tests reveal a high level of resistance to the effects of concealing information and malingering compared to behavioral tests of memory. The workshop will demonstrate various ERP protocols for assessment of concealed information, memory deficit, and malingering. The participants will learn how to utilize such protocols in their clinical and forensic investigations, as well as in research. The workshop will also provide with a practical experience on calculating ERPs, analysing data, and creating reports.
ERP-based studies demonstrate high effectiveness to detect concealed information with the hit rates ranging from 92 to 100%.


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