Police experiment with memory detection

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21 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam police will start an experiment next year using so-called memory detectors in investigations. They hope this can help them gauge whether suspects or witnesses have already been exposed to the information presented to them by police.

21 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam police will start an experiment next year using so-called memory detectors in investigations. They hope this can help them gauge whether suspects or witnesses have already been exposed to the information presented to them by police.

Project leader Thinka Bethlem confirmed on Wednesday a report to this effect in the Financieele Dagblad. 

By testing the skin tension and breathing of people being questioned, police can see whether they already know certain information, information that only the person who committed a crime would know, for instance. If it turns out someone is lying, they can be further questioned. Innocent people would be able to be sent home earlier since police would be able to tell more quickly that they really know nothing.

The experiment will take place in cooperation with the University of Maastricht. The people being questioned will only be subjected to the test on a voluntary basis. The idea is to subject at least a few dozen, if not several hundred suspects or witnesses to the memory detection test.

It is hoped this new method can help the progress of investigations. Police will not use the results as evidence however, since this is not permitted by law.

Bethlem stressed that a memory detector is not the same as a lie detector. While the first measures cognitive processes in the brain, the second looks at emotional processes. She says lie detectors are very unreliable.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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