Podcast: Lie Detectors and Mind Reading

Three recent podcasts from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation discuss the history and future of mind reading:

  1. On Ockham’s Razor, Robyn Williams talks to John Bradshaw (from Monash University in Melbourne) about a PhD project he undertook about 40 years ago. He wanted to find out what happens to the physiology of people while they’re lying and how good some people are at telling fibs. [MP3]
  2. On All in the Mind, Pauline Newman picks up the debate at a courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona, which recently hosted a conference on the law and ethics of brain scanning. [MP3]
  3. Then, again on All in the Mind, Volkart Wildermuth interviews participants at Exploring the Mind: What our Brain Reveals about our Thoughts, a recent conference in Berlin. [MP3]

For bibliographies of related histories, see below.

Lie Detector bibliography. 

  • Ash, P. & Maurice, S. J.  (1988).  Rediscovering the first clear purpose honesty test.  Journal of Business and Psychology, 2(4), 378-382.
  • Bunn, G. C.  (1997).  The lie detector, Wonder Woman and liberty: The life and work of William Moulton Marston.  History of the Human Sciences, 10(1), 91-119.
  • Bunn, G. C.  (2007).  Spectacular science: The lie detector’s ambivalent powers.  History of Psychology, 10(2), 156-178.
  • Kleinmuntz, B. & Szucko, J. J.  (1984).  Lie detection in ancient and modern times: A call for contemporary scientific study.  American Psychologist, 39(7), 766-776.

See also:

Deception bibliography.

  • Coon, D. J.  (1992).  Testing the limits of sense and science: American experimental psychologists combat spiritualism, 1880-1920.  American Psychologist, 47(2), 143-151.
  • Isser, N.  (1991).  Why cultic groups develop and flourish: A historian’s perspective.  Cultic Studies Journal, 8(2), 104-121.
  • Sakalaki-Thepaut, M.  (1986).  Contribution à une étude interculturelle du mensonge: ruse, mensonge et parjure dans la mythologie grecque. / Contribution to an intercultural study of lies: Guile, lies, and perjury in Greek mythology.  Bulletin de Psychologie, 40(1-4), 167-181.
  • Turner, J. F.  (2002).  A brief history of illusion: Milner, Winnicott, and Rycroft.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 83(5), 1063-1082.
  • Turner, N. E., Howard, M., & Spence, W.  (2006).  Faro: A 19th-century gambling craze.  Journal of Gambling Issues, 16.


About Jeremy Burman

Jeremy Trevelyan Burman is a senior doctoral student in York University’s Department of Psychology, specializing in the history of developmental psychology and its theory (especially that pertaining to Jean Piaget). Prior to returning to academia, he was a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

One thought on “Podcast: Lie Detectors and Mind Reading

  1. Another recent source on the morality problem in the use of deception in psychological research.

    Berghmans, Ron.L.P. (20007). Misleading research participants: moral aspects of deception in psychological research. The Netherlands Journal of Psychology, 63 (1), 14-20

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