Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The frequency and effects of spontaneous countermeasures against a polygraph examination were examined in a mock employment screening study. Eighty subjects were debriefed concerning their use of spontaneous countermeasure following the completion of their Relevant-irrelevant employment screening polygraph examination. Overall, 53.8% of the participants reported the use of at least one spontaneous countermeasure. In a departure from other studies in this area, 30% of the truthful subjects reported trying some intervention in an effort to make themselves look more truthful. An ANOVA revealed neither main effects nor interactions involving the use of a spontaneous countermeasure.
BF1 .M63 v. 8 no. 1 2001
Otter-Henderson, Kimberly D. and Honts, Charles R.
"Spontaneous countermeasures during polygraph examinations: an apparent exercise in futility,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 8:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol8/iss1/4