How do the Jeremy Kyle lie detector tests work?
How do the Jeremy Kyle lie detector tests work? Company reveals it offers two-hour long, £400 polygraph for TV shows such as Loose Women and This Morning – but admits results aren’t 100 per cent accurate
- Show’s tests are run by polygraph examiners Guy Heseltine and Tristam Burgess
- Polygraph traces changes in physiological conditioning during the questioning
- This is achieved by UK Lie Tests by attaching various components to the subject
- Firm says examiners have anti-countermeasure tuition to try to avoid cheating
The company behind the lie detector tests used on The Jeremy Kyle Show charges from £400 per polygraph examination which takes around two hours.
The tests, which form a regular part of the ITV chat show, are run by polygraph examiners Guy Heseltine and Tristam Burgess from Manchester-based UK Lie Tests.
The test involves a qualified examiner who is a member of the British Polygraph Association asking pre-agreed questions to the person taking the test.
Details of the test emerged as ITV was urged to end broadcasts of the show for good after the apparent suicide of a man who failed a lie detector test on the programme.
The lie detector polygraph works by tracing changes in a person’s physiological conditioning
The polygraph works by tracing changes in a person’s physiological conditioning during questioning, which is done by attaching various components to the subject.
These include two rubber pneumograph tubes placed around the subject’s upper chest and abdomen to measure breathing and movement.
The examiners also measure galvanic skin response by placing two finger plates or adhesive pads across the subject’s hand or fingers, which trace changes in sweating.
They also measure heart rate with a cardiosphygmograph which traces changes in the subject’s relative blood pressure and pulse.
The tests normally take about two hours, and involve a pre-test interview, the collection of charts and then the analysis of these charts.
Bruce Burgess, the founding examiner of UK Lie Tests, has appeared on various TV shows
UK Lie Tests claims no test process can be guaranteed 100 per cent certain, but all its examiners have had anti-countermeasure instruction to try to avoid cheating.
Fees for a lie detector test at one of its UK offices start at £400, while its examiners will also travel to any location as long as a distraction-free room can be found.
The company’s founding examiner Bruce Burgess has also appeared on TV shows including Trisha, Loose Women and This Morning, as well as BBC and Sky News.
Police and government agencies in Britain have been generally slow to adopt the technology compared to other countries such as Canada, the US and Belgium.
The Jeremy Kyle Show was pulled off the air indefinitely by ITV yesterday after a guest died
However it is now used by police in the likes of London, South Yorkshire and Hertfordshire and the Home Office primarily for sex offence cases – although the technology is implemented by internal staff after being trained as examiners.
The Jeremy Kyle Show was pulled off the air indefinitely by ITV yesterday following the death of guest Steve Dymond, 62, a week after the programme was filmed.
Mr Dymond is said to have taken a lie-detector test to convince fiancee Jane Callaghan he had not been unfaithful but they split after he failed.
ITV said staff at the broadcaster and the show’s production team were ‘shocked and saddened’ at the death and the episode will be reviewed.
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