This course is designed to provide the student with a broad introduction into the art and science of deception detection starting from the history of lies and our justifications for lying, to the physiological signs of lying. This course covers the basics of lies, lying and lie detection.
Since before the days of Jacob and Esau, deception and lies have played a role in human interaction and human history. Jacob, with the help of his mother, deceived Abraham to gain the blessing due Esau. Esau was in on the grift, having sold his birthright to Jacob for a meal. This singular act of deception changed the course of history. We lie big and we lie small. From the cons of Ponzi and Madoff to the white lies we tell our loved ones and all forms of deception in between, prevarication is a part of our daily life.
Private investigators conduct interviews, review statements, and seek out truth from fiction on a daily basis. Investigative professionals can employ deception detection techniques in a number of venues:
Review of written statements
Review of police reports
Discussions with lawyers
New client intake interviews
People allow themselves to lie for various reasons. They justify the white lie, “Of course that dress doesn’t make you look fat?” They justify the moderate deception, “I’ll pay you back next week.” They justify the massive fabrication, “This multi-level Ponzi scheme is a great investment. Just sign here.” This course was designed to teach and develop techniques that are useful in even the most nefarious cases. The course of instruction will introduce a range of topics: Baselining a subject, physiological signs of stress, discourse analysis, body language, micro-expressions, leakage, and several systems that allow for the methodical analysis of statements.
An exam will be administered upon the conclusion of the program. If the candidate passes with a score of 70 percent or better a certificate of completion will be issued in accordance with acceptable standards.