I'm not sure if everyone else thought the same thing as me when reading about lie detector tests, but all I could think about is how glorified they seem to be in popular culture. The thing I found most interesting about this topic was how easy it seemed to be to beat the lie detector test. The book states that in less than 30 minutes a subject can beat the test by changing their physiological responses to control questions and they can do this through using difficult arithmetic problems, biting their tongues, or simply curling their toes. A major scene from pop culture I remember was in the movie Meet the Parents when the father could supposedly tell if someone was telling a lie by reading their outstretched arms while they talked to him. This seems almost completely impossible after reading more into lie detection theories and their applications. Another example of pop culture's influence on the use of lie detector tests is through shows like Doctor Phil or (and don't judge me on this) The Maury Povich Show, in both of these shows lie detector tests are seen as truth and looking back on these shows now that would just seem silly. Can you think of any other pop culture references to lie detector tests (other than those given) and see major flaws in them now. Because I think this reading may have ruined many a future movie plot for me.........
Pop Culture's Effect on Lie Detection
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