Questions and Answers

Polygraph Questions – People who are eligible for the polygraph test:

1. Who can be tested on the polygraph?

A: Any person physically and mentally apt to express their agreement in writing about acceptance of the polygraph examination.

2. A pregnant woman can be examined at the polygraph?

A: A series of experiments have shown that a pregnant woman has the same psychophysiological reactivity compared to a non-pregnant woman during a polygraph examination. From caution, in order to avoid subjecting a person to extra emotional stress, specialists avoid examining people in the second period of pregnancy. In conclusion, a pregnant woman can be examined during the first 4-5 months of pregnancy at her express, sustained request, confirmed by an attendant (husband, lawyer, parent, s.a.).

3. What do I need to check when I call a specialized office?

A: The possession of a certificate of free practice issued by the Romanian Psychology College for the specialty “Judicial psychology – evaluation of the behavior simulated by the polygraph technique” and the certificate of registration of the psychology cabinet, for the same specialty.

4. Is there a legal framework regulating the activity of polygraph examination offices?

A: The legal framework results from the corroboration of the references provided by Law no.213 / 2004, H.G. 788/2005 and the working procedures issued by the Committee for Psychology for Defense, Public Order and National Security of the College of Psychologists from Romania.

5. What is the validity of an examination?

A: The probability of the decision to diagnose the sincerity or dishonesty of a person subjected to the polygraph test has a statistical threshold of 97-98% in the sense that for 2 – 3% of the persons examined there can not be a definite conclusion due to psychophysiological dysfunctions.

6. Polygraph testing can cause any physical affection to the subject?

A: Examining the polygraph is a way of investigation that does not involve physical intrusion and has no present or future consequences on physical or mental health.

It is recommended that this procedure is requested by the person directly interested in peaceful discussions with the person concerned, without threats as to the consequences to be met in case of an unfavorable outcome.

It will initially be freely discussed with the test applicant (without the person involved in the polygraph examining) to express himself freely. The questions are determined, three as a rule, four as an exception, then these questions will be discussed with the subject of the test in the pretest interview. Every question is addressed, being respected the principle “short, concise, to the point, without the possibility of interpretation”. The response of the test person should be simply “YES” or “NO”, unambiguously.

The polygraph test is applied at least 3 times, each time the order of the questions asked will be changed, and at the end we will obtain a sincerity or misinterpretation, as the case may be, to one / some / all the questions asked.

7. Can the device be fooled?

A: No! Any voluntary, consciousness during the test, altering the physiological functions of the body, produces a steady increase in psychophysiological reactivity. We still notice the possibility of errors occurring in confusing, interpretable, complex questions that can cause uncertain answers. An effective question in the polygraph test economy respects the “short, concise, objective, non-interpretive” principle.

8. How do you respect the subject’s rights?

A: The topic will be examined only on the basis of a written informed consent (Declaration of Consent). The confidentiality of the psychological act is protected by law, the beneficiary of the examination being exclusively the applicant, with the consent of the person examined.

9. How long does a polygraph examination take?

A: The time allocated to a polygraph examination is approximately 45-90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the topic and the cooperation / participation of the subject being examined.

10. What is a polygraph examination?

A: The polygraph exam consists of 3 steps: the pretesting interview, the topic of the examination, the rights of the person concerned, the debate and the questions and answers, the application of the polygraph tests systematically and the posttest interview followed by the analysis of the diagrams and the drawing up of the examination report includes the conclusion of sincerity, misinformation or the impossibility of pronouncing in certain situations (eg if the person is avoiding the test through voluntary interventions).

11. What is the average fare in case of a polygraph examination?

A: From the comparative analysis of the tariffs currently practiced by the authorized cabinets, a grid of 300 – 2500 lei / test / person that is examined. The determination of the tariff can be determined by the number of persons examined in the same case or by the purpose and type of the applied tests (civil, commercial or criminal cases).