Clinical Polygraphy

Its Function within Psychiatry
  • Brian E. Lynch
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 2)


Throughout history, humanity has been preoccupied, even obsessed, with truth and deception. We are a species of animal determined to uncover that which may not be as it seems. In recent times, this mission has resulted in the demise of many of our sacred institutions, even our high government offices. The need to know the truth has been the impetus behind development in areas such as science, medicine, psychiatry, and now clinical polygraphy. As we become increasingly reluctant to accept things at face value, we become more and more demanding of our assessment or investigative techniques. The demand for refinement of technique has been the driving force behind the development and progress of modern polygraphy.1


Relevant Question Test Taker Control Question Innocent Person Polygraph Test 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian E. Lynch
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  1. 1.Canadian Security Intelligence ServiceOttawaCanada

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