Micro-Expressions – An Introduction

Micro-Expressions are signals of emotions that are Universal expressions. These expressions are involuntary muscle movement and only lasts a fraction of a second to reveal hidden feelings and agendas. There are 7 universal signs of emotion: FEAR ANGER SADNESS CONTEMPT DISGUST HAPPINESS SURPRISE BASE LINE – A person’s baseline is a face without an expression […]

Pro Bono Work

Anti Rhino Poaching – At the API we have been spending a huge amount of non-profit hours helping and trying to make a difference with regards to stopping Rhino poaching in South Africa. South Africa is in the eye of a global rhino-poaching cyclone, with 393 animals slaughtered in the first third of 2015 — […]

Book Extract

 “A Life of Lies and Spies: Tales of a CIA Ops Polygraph Interrogator” by   Alan B. Trabue. The day was supposed to be a routine travel day between CIA offices, a simple one-hour flight from the international airport in a Southeast Asian capital city to another city up-country. It was 1976, and as a CIA […]

Why do we Lie?

During an interview with Pamela Meyer, CFE, published in the Fraud Magazine, the question was asked:  What makes us lie? Her answer:  “There is a short answer and a long answer to this question. The short answer is that we lie to provide a good impression.” The long answer is much more complex: There are […]

Training in Forensics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

API experts, Anne-mari van Staden and Anton van Staden has been appointed at part-time lecturers at eh University of Pretoria. They teach modules in Lie Detection, Investigation and Interviewing, to name just a few. Our courses are structured to enable investigators and interviewers to obtain more reliable information from interviewees in an ethical and lawful manner […]

Accuracy of the Polygraph Examination

Lie detector tests have become a popular cultural icon – from crime dramas to comedies to advertisements – the picture of a polygraph pen wildly gyrating on a moving chart is readily recognized symbol. The instrument typically used to conduct polygraph tests consists of a physiological recorder that assesses three indicators of autonomic arousal: heart […]

Book Extract – “Modern Day Lie Detection” by Anne-mari Van Staden

Discovering lies as a human being begins shockingly early in life. What are we teaching our children? The answer is disgracefully, the same we were taught by our parents…white lies are acceptable. Our parents teach us to lie as they teach us to walk, read and ride a bike. It is a natural occurrence and […]

60% of People Can’t Go 10 Minutes Without Lying

The term was popularised in the United States by Mark Twain (among others), who attributed it to the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” However, it is important to look at statistics. Lying Statistics Lying Statistics Data Percent of adults who admit to telling lies […]

63 sex offenders back in jail after lie detector tests

Paedophiles and rapists are caught out breaking the terms of their release from prison after undergoing new polygraph tests, Ministry of Justice figures show Scores of the country’s worst sex offenders have been sent back to prison after taking lie-detector tests while on early release. In the past year, 492 people convicted of serious sex […]

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Our latest workshop is being compiled as you read this. Providing testimony on the Polygraph Examination in disciplinary hearings is quite the task. With our free seminar on how to prepare for and testify at a disciplinary hearing on polygraph evidence, we will provide you with this unique skill set. Training seminars can be tailored to suit any […]