Detecting Deception: Polygraph Instruments, Standards, Procedures - For the Practitioner
Polygraph Instruments, Standards, Procedures - For the Practitioner
by Theodore Ponticelli
We’ve come a long way since the days when donkeys and rice were used to predict when a person was lying. And as man became more scientific, so did the methods. In one of IPTM's latest manuals, Detecting Deception: Polygraph Instruments, Standards, Procedures - For the Practitioner, you will learn how a skilled polygraph examiner can determine whether or not a person is telling the truth.
The author, Theodore Ponticelli, addresses the essential factors that are needed for a proper polygraph examination and explains each in detail. He explains the reasons why understanding physiology and the changes that occur in a person during a test are crucial to accurate interpretation.
Mr. Ponticelli also describes the basic rules of test question formulation, standard chart markings, different test formats and the interpretation and analysis of each test. He offers advice on how the practitioner should act before, during and after the test and how to confirm the results.
This book was written for entry-level polygraph examiners as well as more accomplished practitioners who may need to consult such a work. It will also serve as a comprehensive reference for the legal and law enforcement communities who may need to understand the applied theory of detecting deception.
The book includes the following chapters:
- History of Detecting Deception
- Applied Theory of Detecting Deception
- Polygraph Instrumentation
- Physiology as Applied to Detecting Deception
- Normal and Abnormal Psychology (Abbreviated)
- Test-Question Formulation
- Polygraph Testing Formats
- Polygraph Examination Procedures
- Standard Chart Markings
- Polygraph Chart Interpretation and Analysis
- Validity and Reliability
- Confirmation Procedures
- Interpreting Body Language
- Polygraph Countermeasures
- Polygraph Case Studies
- Polygraph Problem Solving
Theodore Ponticelli is a forensic polygraphist who has been a full member of the American Polygraph Association for over 30 years. He has administered more than 10,000 criminal polygraph examinations and has testified as an expert on polygraph procedures. Mr. Ponticelli graduated from the Polygraph Examiner Training Program of the US Army Military Police School in 1966, where he later served as the administrative officer and principle instructor. In 1980 he founded the National Academy of Lie Detection, where he was Director of Resident Instruction until 1984, training more than 600 polygraph examiners.
Specifications: 241 pages; 8½”x11”; perfect bound; Publisher: IPTM (November 2005)