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NCJ Number: 78153 Find in a Library
Title: Report of the Department of Commerce on the Feasibility and Desirability of Licensure of Audio Stress Examiners to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia
Journal: Polygraph  Volume:9  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1980)  Pages:251-271
Corporate Author: Virginia Dept of Commerce
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Virginia Dept of Commerce
Richmond, VA 23219
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This summary of the Virginia Department of Commerce report on voice stress analysis has not found the Audio Stress Evaluator an effective method for the determination of deception.
Abstract: The Virginia State Police polygraph examiners, using their equipment, tape recorded polygraph examinations. The results were sent to the department of commerce and then distributed to an Audio Stress Evaluator (PSE) examiner of a private security firm and department investigators to be charted through the PSE process. The results obtained by the PSE and polygraph examiners were correlated by an independent statistician. The study established no significant relationship between results obtained from the PSE examination of criminal suspects and those obtained from polygraph examination of the same subjects. Furthermore, there was no consistent comparison in any aspect of the PSE tests with any operator. Hence, the guilt or innocence of an individual was determined by the operator of the machine and not by any absolute that could be consistently read by interchangeable operators of the machine. A report by the security firm, a list of Board of Commerce members, tabular data, and about 10 references are appended.
Index Term(s): Polygraphs; Psychological stress evaluator; Virginia; Voice communications; Voice identification
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