Chief Scientist Dr. John Kircher of Converus joined a group of deception experts for a recent episode of “Through the Wormhole” with Morgan Freeman. Kircher demonstrated the newest player in the deception detection arena — EyeDetect — a technology with the potential to change the way employees and job candidates are screened for honesty.
LEHI, Utah – June 15, 2015 –Chief Scientist Dr. John Kircher of Converus was featured on the Science Channel’s June 3 show “Through the Wormhole” with Morgan Freeman to discuss EyeDetect — the first viable lie detection technology invented since the polygraph emerged nearly 100 years ago.
Top industry experts are showcased on “Through the Wormhole” to enlighten viewers on a wide variety of scientific questions. For this episode titled, “Why Do We Lie?” Kircher — the co-inventor of the computerized polygraph and the science team leader in the creation of the EyeDetect technology — offered a unique perspective on lie detection.
“I’ve dedicated the last 30 years to understanding how to detect deception with increasing accuracy,” said Kircher. “EyeDetect is the brainchild of 12 years of development and research, and I was excited to share it with the world on one of my favorite TV programs.”
Viewers watched as Kircher conducted a blind test of EyeDetect technology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Two students were given mission-impossible-like instructions by a third party: one was instructed to simply wait outside a building for 20 minutes, then return; the other was instructed to steal $20 from a purse in one of the school’s administrative offices. The students then took an EyeDetect exam, which entails answering a series of true/false questions while an infrared camera monitors involuntary eye movement. Without knowing if one, both or neither student had been instructed to steal, Kircher was able to clearly identify the guilty student and exonerate the innocent student of the theft.
While the program intimated that EyeDetect may be used as a phone app for conducting on-the-spot infidelity tests, the main application for the technology today is for pre-employment screening of job candidates and periodic review of current employees in areas where it’s legal to administer lie detection tests to job candidates or employees.
“Our technology allows organizations to create a culture of workplace integrity and to manage risk by ensuring that the most honest employees are hired,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. “It’s especially ideal for companies hiring someone for a position of trust, such as a police officer, the intelligence community or the banking industry.”
Converus now has authorized service providers in Latin America, including Mexico, Central America and South America. Mickelsen, Converus Science Team Member Dr. David Raskin and other company representatives regularly address groups across Latin America, with audiences ranging from university students in Mexico to polygraph examiners in Colombia to top corporations in Peru.
For more information, visit www.converus.com.
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Converus (“with truth”) is committed to providing trustworthy credibility assessment solutions. Its flagship product, EyeDetect® — a product first conceived in 2002 — is the first ocular-motor deception detection solution. It’s an accurate, cost-effective, efficient, secure and nonintrusive method that detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye behavior. The same scientists credited with computerizing the polygraph in 1991 developed EyeDetect. It’s a new way for organizations to manage risk and ensure workplace integrity, and for law enforcement agencies and governments to detect deception. Ultimately, it helps protect countries, corporations and communities from corruption, fraud and threats. The company is headquartered in Lehi, Utah, USA. For more information, visit www.converus.com.
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