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Vinod Reddy (09005071)

Bhanu Prakash (09005050)

Hasan Kumar (09005065)
Human Lie Detection
Micro-Expression based design
Controversy & false-positive results

Lie detection is the practice of attempting to
determine whether someone is lying.
Usually this involves asking the subject
control questions where the answers are
known to the examiner and comparing them
to questions where the answers are not
Lie Detectors(though not an accurate name)
In event of crime,
Can be used in interrogating
To find the truthfulness of the evidence.

May prove useful when
hiring potential employees
employee theft
revealing whether or not your future
spouse/girlfriend truly loves you or is after
your money
Dealing with your stock broker, sales rep,
lawyer, ex-wife, car dealer, mechanic, scam
artist, etc.
To detect whether a person is lying, it is
important to know what to look for in the
person which shows he is lying.
For this we need to know when a lie fails.
Two reasons.
Failed to adequately prepare a lie.
- lack of adequate thinking
Interference of emotions
- lack of control on emotions
Two reasons.
Failed to adequately prepare a lie.
- lack of adequate thinking
Interference of emotions
- lack of control on emotions
Lies often fail because of inadequate
When liar comes up with a lie at the spot
May contradict himself
Being caught off guard when asked questions
which the liar didnt anticipate.
Lies also betrayed by signs of emotions
Simplest case is when the liar fabricate
convincingly an emotion which is not felt.
Involves concealing his own emotion.
Two types of failures
1)some sign of emotion is revealed
2)the liar may produce some inadvertently
a deception cue which shows person is

How do we usually guess whether the other
person is saying the truth?
Based on the behavior of the person

Eye Patterns
Cadence of Speech
Body Language of a Liar
Emotional Gestures

Human lie detection capabilities are limited.
For example, a meta-analysis of 253
studies of people distinguishing truths from
lies revealed overall accuracy was just 53
percent - not much better than flipping a

Build one home easily
A polygraph is an instrument that simultaneously
records changes in physiological processes such as
heartbeat, blood pressure, respiration and electrical
resistance (galvanic skin response or GSR)
The polygraph was invented in 1921 by John
Augustus Larson, a medical student at the University
of California at Berkeley and a police officer of the
Berkeley Police Department in Berkeley, California
The underlying theory of the polygraph is that when
people lie they also get measurably nervous about
lying. The heartbeat increases, blood pressure goes
up, breathing rhythms change, perspiration
increases, etc.

A baseline for these physiological
characteristics is established by asking the
subject questions whose answers the
investigator knows. Deviation from the
baseline for truthfulness is taken as sign of

There are three basic approaches to the
polygraph test :-
The Control Question Test (CQT): compares
physiological response to relevant questions about the
crime with the response to questions relating to possible
prior misdeeds
The Directed Lie Test (DLT): detect lying by comparing
physiological responses when the subject is told to
deliberately lie to responses when they tell the truth
The Guilty Knowledge Test (GKT): compares
physiological responses to multiple-choice type
questions about the crime, one choice of which contains
information only the crime investigators and the criminal
would know about

Validity : Polygraphy has little credibility
among scientists. A 1997 survey of 421
psychologists estimated the test's average
accuracy at about 61%, a little better than
chance. Critics also argue that even given
high estimates of the polygraph's accuracy a
significant number of subjects (e.g. 10% given
a 90% accuracy) will appear to be lying, and
would unfairly suffer the consequences of
"failing" the polygraph

Functional magnetic resonance imaging or
functional MRI (fMRI) is an MRI procedure that
measures brain activity by detecting
associated changes in blood flow
Studies using fMRI have shown that it has
potential to be used as a method of lie
detection. While a polygraph detects changes
in activity in the peripheral nervous system,
fMRI has the potential to catch the lie at the

The procedure is similar to MRI but uses the
change in magnetization between oxygen-
rich and oxygen-poor blood as its basic
This measure is frequently corrupted by noise
from various sources and hence statistical
procedures are used to extract the underlying

The resulting brain activation can be
presented graphically by color-coding the
strength of activation across the brain or the
specific region studied
Using this method, studies have shown that
lies can be distinguished 78% of the time

Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording
of electrical activity along the scalp. EEG
measures voltage fluctuations resulting from
ionic current flows within the neurons of the
Brain fingerprinting uses EEG to determine if
an image is familiar to the subject. This could
detect deception indirectly but is not a
technique for lie detecting

Cognitive chronometry, or the measurement
of the time taken to perform mental
operations, can be used to distinguish lying
from truth-telling
Brain-reading uses fMRI and the multiple
voxels activated in the brain evoked by a
stimulus to determine what the brain has

Truth drugs such as sodium thiopental and
marijuana (historically speaking) are used for
the purposes of obtaining accurate
information from an unwilling subject
Information obtained by publicly disclosed
truth drugs has been shown to be highly
unreliable, with subjects apparently freely
mixing fact and fantasy

Non-invasive lie detection using non-verbal
behaviour is performed by the Silent Talker Lie
It observes and analyses non-verbal behaviour in
the form of micro-gestures while a subject is
being interviewed
It is grounded in the psychological theory that
non-verbal behaviour is modified by a number of
influences when a person is being deceptive.
These include arousal (in particular stress),
cognitive load, duping delight, and behaviour

At the University of Texas at Austin, psychology professor James
Pennebaker, PhD, and his associates have developed computer
software, known as Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC),
that analyzes written content and can, with some accuracy,
predict whether someone is lying. Pennebaker says deception
appears to carry three primary written markers:
Fewer first-person pronouns. Liars avoid statements of
ownership, distance themselves from their stories and avoid
taking responsibility for their behavior, he says.
More negative emotion words, such as hate, worthless and sad.
Liars, notes Pennebaker, are generally more anxious and
sometimes feel guilty.
Fewer exclusionary words, such as except, but or nor--words
that indicate that writers distinguish what they did from what
they did not do. Liars seem to have a problem with this
complexity, and it shows in their writing.

Need for it ?
Standard polygraph easily faked
Not counted as evidence in courts

Differences from standard polygraph
No physical contact needed
No trained psycho-physiologist required

An Artificial Neural Network (ANN)


Feed data to the system
Case to be investigated
Date and time of the crime
Details of the crime
Subjects social background, medical history and
criminal record (with cooperation of subject)
Data is now scanned and checks for certain
vindictive words
e.g. robbed, murder, jail
pattern matching techniques
Higher total number of incriminating words
found, closer the value of I1 to 1.
I1 = fraction of such words found to total such
words recognized by system.

Also known as relevant-irrelevant test.
Relevant questions real issue of concern to investigation
e.g. asking who did it, about evidence, etc.
Irrelevant questions provoke no emotion
Irrelevant questions are typically asked first.
Physiological response of no diagnostic value
Stronger reaction to relevant questions
React similarly

Convert receiving operator characteristic
(ROC) curve/graph (analog signal) to digital
Difference of consecutive peaks and lows is
taken and averaged out over total number of
such differences to give I1i i.e., input variable
for the ith response for the general test.
Comparison question test
Ask about general undesirable acts.
Peak-of-tension test
Questions are asked in an easily recognized order.
A guilty examinee
Responsiveness increases as correct alternative
approaches in question sequence
Decreases when it has passed
e.g. probable-lie and directed-lie comparison tests,
known-solution peak-of-tension test

Convert receiving operator characteristic
(ROC) curve/graph to digital signal.
Difference of consec. peaks and lows is
averaged out to give I2i i.e., input variable for
the ith response in the control test
If there are n physiological parameters,
Then #input Variables = (2n+1)
( n general test, n control test and 1 pretest)
Input variables are fed into neural network
(trained beforehand) to generate output.

Fuzzy vs crisp neural network
Membership functions vs weights
Obtaining the data set
(membership functions of each of the input variables)
# data regions = # cases used for training

Similar to Feed Forward Crisp Neural
Sigmoid neuron

# output in neural network = n+1
Todays lie detectors, responses in the form
of graph.
Fuzzy mathematical expressions must be
brought to deal with such situations.
(n+1) membership functions combine to give
a unique membership function outside neural
network, which in turn must be defuzzified to
give final output
Min of all membership functions benefit of doubt
to the examinee
Mathematically, de-fuzzification of a fuzzy
set is a process of rounding it off from its
location in the unit hypercube to the nearest
Put simply
For our system, we propose the value of =
0.5; i.e. for any output greater than 0.5 the
output would be 1, otherwise 0. In this case,
the case 1 would mean the person is a liar,
while 0 would mean the person is truthful.

Difficult to spot and analyze manually.
Requires high processing powers to capture
and analyze micro-gestures.

prepare yourself in advance by thinking about
what confessions they are looking for, that
you can know what things to admit and what
things to deny.

What did we discuss?
Lie Detection
Human Methods
Techniques used
Silent Talker Design
Though Lie Detectors are not completely
accepted by the scientific community, the day
might not be far away
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IEEE 7th Student Conference on Research and Development,
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Charting the behavioural state of a person using a back propagation
neural network, Janet Rothwell, Zuhair Bandar, James OShea, David
McLean. 2009
Simple Lie Detector -
Use of Fuzzy Set Classification for Pattern Recognition of Polygraph.
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