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Recognition of Concealed Information with Behavioral and Spectral Analyses

Lawson, Adam Lee

The main thesis of this project was that individuals who have concealed information can be detected using a combined behavioral and psychophysiological approach. This study examined the similarities and differences that characterize the behavioral and power spectra responses in truthful and deceptive subjects. Half of the subjects participated in a mock crime while the other half participated in a non-crime scenario. The participants responded during their session to words related and not related to the scenarios they enacted. Although the participants in the crime group were instructed to deny anything related to their scenario, the behavioral and spectral data demonstrate that they actually possess concealed information. Therefore, behavioral and spectral indices elicited by concealed information in deceptive subjects can reflect some aspects of deceit.