Accession Number : ADA304654

Title :   Polygraph Examiner Attitudes on Cross-Cultural Differences in the Far East.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Mar 90-Jan 91,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE POLYGRAPH INST FORT MCCLELLAN AL

Personal Author(s) : Yankee, William J.

PDF Url : ADA304654

Report Date : JUN 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : Seven U.S., 12 Japanese, S Korean examiners and one Korean examiner/interpreter were personally interviewed. Another 10 Japanese and Korean, do not believe that cultural differences interfere with accuracy of polygraph results. Almost all, however, are convinced that the ability to communicate with a common language is essential and that the use of untrained interpreters renders very questionable results. Many feel that interpreters could do a much better job if they had training in polygraph procedures, so that they would understand what the examiner is trying to do. It was felt by some that the best approach would be to take natives who speak fluent English and train these individuals as examiners. High academic requirements and a research orientation is characteristic of the Japanese approach to developing an examiner. Korean emphasis is upon a law degree requirement, plus five years of investigative experience. Japanese police examiners make diagnoses only, while Korean seek confessions. The Japanese are intensely involved in polygraph research and have very modern equipment and computers in some of their laboratories. The Koreans are not involved with research, but are intensely interested in the development of polygraph instruments and procedures in the U.S.

Descriptors :   *CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY), *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), *PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, REQUIREMENTS, DETECTION, SCHOOLS, TRAINING, COMPUTERS, ORIENTATION(DIRECTION), JAPAN, LANGUAGE, PERSONNEL, KOREA, DECEPTION, INTERPRETERS, FAR EAST.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE