Finding a needle in a haystack: toward a psychologically informed method for aviation security screening

Ormerod, Thomas C and Dando, Coral J (2014) Finding a needle in a haystack: toward a psychologically informed method for aviation security screening. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. ISSN 0096-3445

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Abstract

Current aviation security systems identify behavioral indicators of deception to assess risks to flights, but they lack a strong psychological basis or empirical validation. We present a new method that tests the veracity of passenger accounts. In an in vivo double-blind randomized-control trial conducted in international airports, security agents detected 66% of deceptive passengers using the veracity test method compared with less than 5% using behavioral indicator recognition. As well as revealing advantages of veracity testing over behavioral indicator identification, the study provides the highest levels to date of deception detection in a realistic setting where the known base rate of deceptive individuals is low.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: online first
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0199 Behaviourism. Neobehaviourism. Behavioural psychology
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 13:35
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 08:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51072

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