Textbook of Cognitive Psychology by Asch, M.

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Here are the MITT portions of the FAINT interviews of four suspects in an arson case in which the fire was set in the back room of a store where all of the interviewees were employed. Each interview excerpt is followed by the FAINT scores the interviewee was given. 7 Irrelevant Sketch IR 1 (child looking at a violin sitting on a table). S: Is the girl smiling in the picture? I: It’s your picture; you can say anything you want. S: Okay, it looks like the girl is home. It looks like her dad or mom may have bought her a violin and now she’s staring at it, and then .

22 3. PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS OF THE FORENSIC ASSESSMENT Usually alterations to the body’s homeostatic norm are not drastic or life threatening. They are, however, clearly measurable, and measuring changes in three of the body’s systems is the basis for the polygraph examination. During a polygraph examination, the examinee is attached to the polygraph instrument, and several charts of data are collected while the examinee answers only “yes” or “no” in response to the questions asked. Requiring only yes or no answers minimizes vocalization and subsequently reduces distortion created in the breathing pattern of the examinee, which is inherent in prolonged speech patterns.

56 5. 25 Guilt or Remorse Sketch GR 1 (gender specific). S: (touches nose) . . The boy heard his father passed away and he’s sobbing about it, but it turned out not to be his father but a friend of his father. 26 Apprehension Sketch A 3 (person taking a polygraph test). S: It looks like a person wanting to . . it’s a person testifying in court . . he’s got some wires hooked up to him, like a lie detector test . . he’s calm . . and . . he’s telling the truth. SUMMARY 57 Score: À2 A score of À2 was given because two earlier suspects had already received a À1, and this suspect’s MITT was clearly more problematic because he was the only suspect who did not see fire in the relevant sketch.

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