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Fall 2017 Issue

Join Us in Fabulous Las Vegas! National Polygraph Association 2018 Seminar & Business Meeting January 22, 23 & 24, 2018 Golden Nugget Hotel & CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada The NPA will hold its 2018 Seminar and Business Meetingat the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. The Seminar Committee has once again lined up fantastic presenters and topics. We look forward to having you join us for superb training and the opportunity to interact with polygraph examiners from all around the country in fabulous downtown Las Vegas! For hotel reservations, Call 1-800-331-5731 and mention National Polygraph Association 2018. Cut off to receive the reduced seminar rate is December 22, 2017! Reduced room rates are $61 per night (Sunday - Friday). Saturday arrivals are limited. There is an additional $17.50 resort fee that includes many additional amenities including complimentary wi-fi in guestrooms, access to the fitness center, parking and more. Registration: Click Here to Register!
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I recently saw a posting on LinkedIn by an Examiner showing a chart with an obvious manipulation by the subject on the Directed Lie Comparison. The post heading was, “The reason not to use Directed Lie Comparison”. The inference was the use of Directed Lies allowed the Subject to use Countermeasures. My response was that is a silly representation. Anyone who takes the time to research polygraph with the intent to manipulate the outcome clearly knows the difference between a Relevant and Comparison question. Every publication for beating the test clearly defines the difference in question type and wording. Countermeasures are a fact of life for today's examiner. According to research, at least 50% of subjects research polygraph and will attempt some form of manipulation. Does that mean every attempt of manipulation will render charts unreadable or alter the outcome of the examination? ... NO. Does that mean every subject will attempt to manipulate the outcome of the test? ... NO. It simply means we must be alert to outcome manipulations, Those manipulations occurring outside the scoring window will not impact the outcome of the test. It is important to remember the manipulators create a false reaction to the comparison but generally do not try to suppress the reactions to the relevant questions. Abnormally large reactions to a comparison question are suspicions. When you stack charts, if the reactions to the comparison questions look the same, that is of concern. Normal physiology will vary from question to question. If it is not, that may be a clue. ESS requires you to look at the data prior to stimulation to insure you are scoring stable data. The answer to manipulation is if the data is not stable, don't score it.

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