By Jeff Pizzino, APR, Corporate Communications – Every now and then a new technology comes along that breaks new ground and captivates audiences. Converus’ EyeDetect — the world’s first lie detector that measures deception based on eye behaviors — is one such technology.
Deception, a deliberate attempt to distort or conceal facts or information for the purpose of misleading others, is a worldwide problem and can cost companies millions in lost revenues annually.
When Converus Science Team Member Dr. David Raskin and Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen visited Mexico City and Panama City last month for various events, the audiences of perspective customers were very intrigued by this new technology and asked a lot of questions.
Dr. Raskin’s presentation, titled “Today’s Lie Detection Technologies,” covered the polygraph, MRI, electroencephalogram, intuition, integrity and personality tests, and EyeDetect.
“The eyes exhibit involuntary changes when lying,” said Dr. Raskin. “Liars, concerned about being believed, often come across as helpful and truthful in an interview and put more effort into impressing their interviewer.”
On the morning of Feb. 24, Dr. Raskin and Todd spoke to 80 potential customers in Mexico City at the Uny-II office, a Converus service provider. Also attending were many of the Converus authorized Service Partners. That evening, Dr. Raskin also addressed a group of polygraph examiners. For those who may not know, Dr. Raskin has become one of the top names in the lie detection industry over the years. It was no surprise, therefore, that many attendees requested to have their photo taken with him after this event.
Dr. Raskin pointed out the polygraph is 74-94 percent accurate for event-specific questions and 65-85 percent accurate for pre-employment and periodic employee screening. However, EyeDetect is 85 percent accurate and has the additional advantages of being nonintrusive, faster and less expensive.
Todd shared EyeDetect case studies, showing how the technology helps companies prevent fraud and theft — and, when fraud and theft is suspected, identifies the guilty parties. He also spoke about the potential return on investment for employers who use this new technology for screening job candidates and evaluating current employees.
On Feb. 26 in Panama City, Dr. Raskin and Todd spoke at the Hard Rock Hotel to 75 potential customers. This event was co-sponsored by EyeScan, an authorized Converus service provider in Panama City. You can read more about EyeScan here.
As mentioned, Dr. Raskin is a big name in the lie detection world. He’s authored more than 150 scientific articles, chapters, books and reports. Previously, Dr. Raskin worked with the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Secret Service and National Institute of Mental Health on the topic of lie detection. He’s consulted and trained many U.S federal agencies and foreign governments. Dr. Raskin and his colleague, Dr. John Kircher, are recognized worldwide as leaders in the research and development of polygraph methods. They introduced the first computerized polygraph in1991. He’s served on the faculties of UCLA, Michigan State and the University of Utah. Dr. Raskin earned his Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA.