Can You Cheat A Polygraph Test?
Some of you might be thinking of taking a Lie Detection / Polygraph Test to solve an issue, it might be a family dispute, matrimonial or even a legal matter. You start to wonder is there a way around the test, can I cheat a polygraph test? Can I cause the polygraph to give a false reading? You search the internet and find articles telling you different ways of how to counteract the polygraph test. Here is one you might stumble on from Wikihow.com and Agents For Truth will even give you the link: http://www.wikihow.com/Cheat-a-Polygraph-Test-(Lie-Detector)
Wiki How even states at the bottom of the page “Be aware that you might not be able to beat the lie detector even using these methods”. So will some of the methods/countermeasures listed work? Yes they will, so let’s go through some of them.
Controlling your breathing, this might seem like one of the best and easiest methods to cheat your polygraph test. If you practice you can achieve a steady breathing rhythm or if you were in the forces and are trained to maintain steady breathing under stressful circumstances. Will that fool the polygraph examiner, the answer is no, a good polygraph examiner will spot what you are doing within the first minute of the test and know you are using countermeasures.
Biting your tongue, putting a pin in your shoe or causing some sort of pain, that will work wont it? Sorry no it won’t work in the slightest, in more ways than one, polygraph examiners will watch you closely during a polygraph test for any signs of movement. Experienced examiners are so used to these countermeasures, our team have even witnessed examiners spotting these as soon as a person walked into the room. In addition to experience, examiners use countermeasure pads and will spot these reactions on a chart quickly, your body reacts in different ways to different things.
These are only some of the many countermeasures, unfortunately none of these techniques will work with an experienced, well trained examiner using the latest equipment, which incidentally is the only type of examiner Agents For Truth provides.