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Morton E. Tavel

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Morton E. Tavel, MD, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Indiana University School of Medicine, is a physician specialist in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He is author of Snake Oil Is Alive and Well: The Clash Between Myths and Reality (2012) and Health Tips, Myths and Tricks: A Physician’s Advice (2015). He wrote “Bias in Reporting of Medical Research: How Dangerous Is It?” in our May/June 2015 issue. His website is located at http://www.mortontavel.com/.

The ‘Lie Detector’ Test Revisited: A Great Example of Junk Science

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.1, January/February 2016

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The ‘Lie Detector’ Test Revisited: A Great Example of Junk Science

Although the polygraph can be useful in coercing confessions, it is based on scientifically implausible assumptions of accuracy and is biased against the innocent. The scientific community justly considers it pseudoscience, and it should be abandoned.

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