Recently, I took a poll of investigators who have been in formal training in Statement Analysis for 2 years and asked them to consider what their record of detecting deception has been in this time frame.
The average in public is 50% guess work.
Police score slightly higher.
Criminals score slightly higher than police.
Most investigators cited "100% or very close" with "contamination" as the only source of error.
This is not uncommon for those who dedicate themselves to serious and guided professional study, in law enforcement as well as human resources.
The brain learns.
They find that after 18 months of "circling pronouns" they began to "see the circled pronouns" in their heads as people spoke, along with other sensitivity indicators. It is quite exciting.
100 people were given a general knowledge test, but just prior to the test, they were given a white coat to wear for the test.
"This white coat is a painter's coat", they were told.
The scores recorded.
The next group of 100 were given the same test wearing the same white coat but this group was told,
"This white coat is a doctor's coat."
The results of this test, and repeated confirmation tests, showed consistently higher grades of those who were old that they were wearing the doctor's coat.
The brain responded and test results proved it.
Most of us listen to our music from a computer or smart phone in which the music is not only stored in digital form, but it is compressed. Without feigning scientific knowledge of depth here, the average song has at least 1,000,000 pieces of "information" for your brain to interpret. Much of the 'dots' or pieces of information are lost when the audio is "converted" from digital to audio, which we can hear. Then, out of what we hear, much of this is lost as it is "too much" for the brain to interpret. A single guitar chord, that is, one strum, has 6 notes to it, with each note having a sound of its own, and each has a specific sound when in concert with another, and these two have a specific sound when in concert with the third, but then the fourth has a specific sound when with the first, but then...There is much data for the brain to interpret.
The average person has about 25,000 -30,000 words in his personal dictionary within the brain. When he reports 'what happened this morning', he moves into this dictionary, chooses the words to use, places the words in a particular order to make sense, and chooses the proper verb tenses and pronouns. Since it is impossible for him to report "everything" that happened this morning, the data is reduced greatly, reflecting his priority. This transmission is too fast to measure, and is called a 'millisecond' of time. This speed of transmission gives us our incredibly high accuracy rate in lie detection. Where the average chance is 50% (same as guess rate) and trained 'lie detectors' reach 53%, Statement Analysts often report close to 100% accuracy.
The eyes are trained by the brain to look beyond the blood vessels before it and interpret geometrical shapes and figures, so that it does not see a 'door', but the brain recognizes these shapes, and in less than a millisecond of time interprets it.
It is said that many who suffer from autism have a sensory overload of these things, making them feel overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, depressed, and so on.
Back to audio before reaching the lesson for Statement Analysis training:
You hear a song in Mp3 format. The millions of pieces of information have been compressed downward to fit more readily on our computers and iPhones. We are told that much of the pieces of information culled out during the compression process are outside the realm of human audio anyway and people cannot tell the difference between "lossy" or compressed music, and high quality "lossless" or large files. Test results are generally the same as guessing in lie detection or flipping a coin:
Not so fast.
The digital audio converter world is one where each iPhone, macbook, android, and PC has its own digital audio converter, or "DAC" within it. To get higher quality sound, one can purchase a "DAC" from about $100 up to $100,000 that will glean more of the 'dots' of information. For audiophiles, the DAC that costs about $2500 'does the trick' with high quality headphones. Recently, a company in England known for high quality DACs took 30 years of research of which the owner said, "I am 60 years old and have all the money I will ever need in life. I love music and I want the average person to enjoy music the way I do, with them using their smart phones..." and took his standard, expensive, best selling DAC, and stripped it down to its basic components, about the size of a cigarette box, and sold it for 1/4th the price.
It sold like crazy and won all sorts of audio-awards.
He said that they even had a special battery invented for it of which he thinks might last 25 or 30 years. The only draw back was that they were not able to make their own iPhone adapter: to do that, they have to submit their science to Apple, as part of an agreement and watch 30 years of research be stolen, so the owner has to buy an Apple adapter. Apple gets its cut.
He said it has "500 times more data" than the average DAC sold today, making it many times more the DAC that is in iPhones, androids, PCs and apple books.
That's a lot of data for the brain to 'interpret' and process.
When I first heard it, I was stunned.
It sounded like the music was in my living room. The guitar to my left, the cajon to my right and the vocals...
If Swan Lake can reduce you to watery eyes, this will make you weep.
It is stunning.
Granted, you must have good quality headphones but that it is; the source (computer or phone), this tiny box, and your headphones. I was shocked.
The owner said something else quite interesting.
He said that people often rave about it, but then after a month report "it is even better. It needed time to burn in."
There is lots of debate about "burn in" for audio equipment with some scientific tests saying, "uh, nah, no measurable change in headphones after 100 hours..." and so on.
The owner said, 'No, that is not it. Here it is. Just as your eyes learn to interpret geometric figures for the brain, so it is that over a few weeks, the brain is more efficient at processing more data than it was just one month ago.'
This is why sound engineers have close to 100% on double blind A-B tests of "Is this music compression MP3 or is it uncompressed lossless?"
Some dismiss this as "gifted ears" while others recognize what the owner of Chord Electronics said: 'the brain adjusts to more data with training.'
With formal training, and consistent, guided, peer influenced regular practice, the dulled listening that you have lived your entire life practicing, begins the process of reversal.
The battle is long, but you can move from "statement analysis" to "discourse analysis" to the point where you not only are analyzing on the fly, that is, live during conversations and/or interviews, but this form of analysis, too, grows as you grow.
Like the listener who experiences music that he has heard for decades as if it is 'new' due to the dynamic increase in data, or like the sports fan who watches his favorite football team on high definition television sees an old game from the 80's, and feels it is almost unwatchable, you, too, can experience such intense growth both towards, and in, discourse analysis.
Lie detection takes years and even signals of 'shut down' or contamination can be audibly discerned over time.
The commitment to excellence takes resolve, dedication, sacrifice and consistency, but it cannot help but pay off dividends audibly, as time goes on.
I do not have gifted listening skills, yet I recognize how deep the improvement has come over years where it is not something I 'can do' if I concentrate. This began a few years back where I concentrated and analyzed on the fly.
It is just what listening has become.
I listened to the 30 minute interview of the Chord Electronics CEO on youtube and had a distinct opinion of topic after topic from his language. His forthcoming answers were refreshing and the honesty pointed. It is unusual for one to obtain the level of success in his life and to speak so plainly, and honestly.
If you wish to begin actual deception detection, you must 'give yourself' to it.
We offer not only in house seminars, but an at home training course of which the tuition is reasonable and successful completion of this course, including all tests and its final examination, allows the analyst to join monthly training with other analysts in live, ongoing analysis of actual cases. Confidentiality agreed upon, it is a marvelous period of growth with many committed to it for life.
The successful completion of the initial training at your home or office also permits you to join our Advanced Statement Analysis Training where not only advanced techniques are used, but depth and breadth are explored, including Sexual Abuse in language, anonymous author identification, actual profiling, and detecting contamination: the one element that can detract from your success. This is a lengthy, deep course of which tuition is also reasonable and allows for adult credits to be awarded from the University of Maine.
A commitment will help you train the brain from dulled listening, to being able to pick up sensitivity indicators as one speaks, with no 'turn off' switch as the ultimate eventuality.
No other science can bring the success in lie detection, or even come close, that comes through Statement Analysis.
To learn more about training, see opportunities for professionals here.