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Detecting Malingering and Deception

Forensic Distortion Analysis (FDA), 3rd Edition

By Harold V. Hall, Joseph Poirier

CRC Press

528 pages | 52 B/W Illus.

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Scholars and clinicians have studied and debated deception for at least two millennia. Indeed, interest in the role of deception in human behavior has be reinvigorated by current events and the need to detect truth from fiction, and truth from outright lies.

Detecting Malingering and Deception: Forensic Distortion Analysis (FDA), Third Edition follows on the tradition of the prior two that preceded it in following the Forensic Distortion Analysis (FDA) model. Deception and recognition of deception remain of critical concern given the upheaval and unrest in the world given global events from when the last book published in 2001. The book with continue to serve as an updated, comprehensive volume on deception and distortion in forensic, clinical and several specialized contexts which this new edition addresses in greater depth.

The book provides readers with the latest research and practical application and use understand and apply information and evaluative methods as they pertain to deception-related settings and situations. As before, the book will provide sample reports and extensive graphs, tables, charts, and histograms. Every chapter has been updated with new studies and investigations and this edition boasts six new chapters of coverage to expand the exploration of deception and with discussion of our current understanding of it.

Table of Contents


About the Authors

Preface and Acknowledgments


Part I: Background, Theory, and Method in Deception Analysis

Chapter 1 Foundational Issues in Deception

Chapter 2 Deception in Contemporary Times

Chapter 3 Involuntary Distortion

Chapter 4 The Applied Forensic Distortion Analysis Model

Chapter 5 Evaluation Process Guidelines           

Chapter 6 Deception and Nonverbal Behavior

Part II: The Developmental Context of Deception

Chapter 7 Deception in Nonhumans

Chapter 8 Deception in Children

Chapter 9 Deception in Adolescents

Chapter 10 Deception in the Elderly

Part III: Deception Analysis in Civil Contexts

Chapter 11 Civil Law and Deception

Chapter 12 Malingered Neuropsychological Deficits

Chapter 13 Faked Pain and Loss of Sensation      

Chapter 14 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Deception

Part IV: Deception Analysis in Criminal Contexts

Chapter 15 Interviewing and Deception

Chapter 16 Competency and Deception

Chapter 17 Criminal Responsibility and Deception

Chapter 18 Faked Amnesia and Recall Skills

Chapter 19 Psychosis and Deception

Chapter 20 Hallucinations and Deception

Chapter 22 Deception and the Systemic Problem of Substance Abuse

Chapter 23 Violence Risk Analysis and Deception

Chapter 24 Trends and Future Directions

List of Tables

List of Figures 


Appendix A  Pain Survey Check List

Appendix B  Self-Control and Instant Offense Behaviors

Appendix C  Insanity Report Form


About the Authors

Dr. Harold V. Hall, Ph.D., APBPP (Clin, Forensic), ABN (Neurospych) received his MS in psychology and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah in 1972. For 15 years he worked in various federal and state clinics, health centers, hospitals, prisons and training schools, followed by over 30 years in Hawaii in the independent practice of civil and criminal forensic psychology and neuropsychology. Dr. Hall was a Fulbright Scholar in Poland, a Rotary Scholar in Thailand and Cambodia, and is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice in Psychology. He has authored 15 books and over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, chapters, and reviews including 4 second editions in deception analysis, violence risk analysis, murder and manslaughter, and substance abuse.

Dr. Joseph G Poirier, Ph.D., ABPP is currently a Clinical Psychologist Specialist in Rockville, Maryland. He was previously is the Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Forensic Evaluation Service (CAFES), Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Government, Rockville, Maryland. For 30 years, he had also been the co-director of the Circuit Court Mental Health Service, Prince Georges County, Maryland. He has testified as an expert witness in federal court and in district and circuit courts in a number of states. Dr. Poirier is triple board certified in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, and family psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

About the Series

Pacific Institute Series on Forensic Psychology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General