Job applicant lying and misrepresentation is a major problem for employers resulting in billions of dollars of lost money each year. Lie detection is no simple task and requires the use of sophisticated techniques.
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The polygraph technique is a good start to this endeavor however manifestations of anxiety make it difficult to tell the difference between a truth and a lie. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) appears to identify key areas in the brain that are affected by lying and inhibiting a truthful response however practicality of the instrument for the day-to-day business of lie detection is questionable.
The construction and decision to state a lie can be explained by the activation decision construction model (ADCM) of lying. A person asks a question, the liar encodes the question, relevant information is activated, a decision is made to lie, and the lie is constructed. Finally, response time has been found to be a reoccurring theme in deception studies. An intriguing new approach to lie detection capitalizes on response time and has been dubbed ‘Time Restricted Integrity Confirmation (Tri-Con) yielding a liar-truth accuracy of 89%.