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Effectiveness of deception detection training: a meta-analysis

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A meta-analysis was conducted to determine the overall effectiveness of deception detection training and to identify conditions that may moderate training effectiveness. The analysis was based on a total of 16 studies with 30 separate hypothesis tests, representing the behavior of 2847 trainees. Results indicated that the effect of deception detection training on detection accuracy was positive, significant, and of medium magnitude. Moreover, training effectiveness was moderated by the type of training implemented, training content, trainee expertise, and the type of lie told. Discussion centers on implications for training design and implementation.

Keywords: detection of deception; lie detection; training

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Florida Maxima Corporation, Winter Park,FL, USA

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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