Verbal lie detection

Aldert Vrij, Galit Nahari

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Verbal lie detection has a long history. Around 900 b.c. a papyrus of the Vedas mentioned that a poisoner ‘does not answer questions, or gives evasive answers; he speaks nonsense’ (Trovillo, 1939, p. 849). In the 1850s the French forensic expert Tardieu reported that ‘quantity of detail’ needs to be considered in children’s alleged sexual abuse cases (Lamers-Winkelman, 1999), and in 1886 the American forensic medical doctor Walker noted that in alleged child sexual abuse cases, in contrast to physical examinations, the way in which children tell their stories in their own words and the expressions they use are amongst the best cues to distinguish truth from deception (see Lamers-Winkelman, 1999).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology and Law in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationWhen West Meets East
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315317038
ISBN (Print)9781498780988
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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