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The Journal of Credibility Assessment
Witness Psychology

ISSN 1088-0755

Published by
Department of Psychology
Boise State University

Editor: Charles R. Honts, Ph. D.

Boise State University

(The JCAAWP Editorial Board is currently being reorganized.)

Keywords: Credibility Assessment, Detection of Deception, Polygraph, Lie Detection, Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse, Malingering, Statement Analysis

The Journal of Credibility Assessment and Witness Psychology (JCAAWP) is a new scientific journal [the fist issue was published on 9 February 1997] that exists primarily on the World Wide Web. JCAAWP publishes original empirical, review, and theoretical work in all areas of the scientific study of credibility assessment and witness psychology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Index for Vol. 1, No. 1.

Welcome to the Journal of Credibility Assessment and Witness Psychology, Charles R. Honts, Boise State University, 1-4. Download a version with page numbers.

On Furedy's (1993) Call for Abolition of Research and Practice With the Control Question Test, J. Peter Rosenfeld, Northwestern University, 4-8. Download a version with page numbers.

Truth or Just Bias: The Treatment of Psychophysiological Detection of Deception in Introductory Psychology Textbooks, Mary K. Devitt, Oklahoma State University, Charles R. Honts, Boise State University, and Lynelle Vondergeest, University of North Dakota, 9-32. Download a version with page numbers.

Lexical Decision and the Detection of Concealed Information, Lawrence Locker, Jr. and Marc E. Pratarelli, Oklahoma State University, 33-43. Download a version with page numbers.

Index for Vol. 1, No. 2.

The Suggestibility of the Child Witness: The Role of Individual Differences and Their Assessment, Johann Endres, Psychological Institute, University of Bonn, 44-67. Download a version with page numbers.

A Note About Downloading from Vol. 1: Because of the fact that HTML documents will have a different appearance on each browser it is impossible to assign meaningful page numbers within an HTML document. However, for certain referencing purposes it is important to have page numbers. To solve this problem we have "typeset" hardcopy versions of each of our articles. These articles exist as Microsoft Word documents (Word for Windows95, but they should also be readable by Word 6 for the MAC). They can be downloaded for printing within the limits and terms of our copyright. The download files are in ZIP format and will have to be UNZIPPED. There are numerous freeware and shareware utilities that will perform this task if your browser does not automatically unzip files for you. If you need such a utility we suggest you visit TUCOWS.

Index for Vol. 2. No. 1. (1999) [No 1998 Vol. was published.]


The Effect of Attorneys' Nonverbal Communication on Perceived Credibility Patricia Rockwell, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Amy Ebesu Hubbard, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 1-13.

The Psychology of False Confessions Richard Conte, The Fielding Institute, 14-36.



Index for Vol. 3. No. 1. (2002) [No articles were published in 2000 or 2001.]

P300 Scalp Distribution as an Index of Deception: Control for Task Demand, J. Peter Rosenfeld, Archana Rao, Matthew Soskins, & Antoinette Reinhart Miller.  Northwestern University, Department of Psychology.  1-22

The Role of Preexisting Stress on False Confessions: An Empirical Study, Krista D.  Forrest, Theresa A.  Wadkins, and Richard L.  Miller, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of Psychology.  23-45.


Index for Vol. 4. No. 1 (2003)

When Did You Conclude She Was Lying? The Impact Of The-Moment The Decision About The Sender’s Veracity Is Made And-The Sender’s Facial Appearance On Police Officers’-Credibility Judgments, Jaume Masip, Eugenio Garrido, and Carmen Herrero, Department of Social Psychology and Anthropology, University of Salamanca, Spain. 1-36.

A Case Of Alleged Cutting-Up Murder In Sweden: Legal Consequences Of Public Outrage, Lennart Sjöberg, Stockholm School of Economics and the Foundation for Forensic Psychology Danderyd, Sweden. 37-62.

The Use Of Law Enforcement Polygraph Tests With Juveniles,                   Ron A. Craig and Carla Molder, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.      63-74.


Index for Vol. 5. No. 1 (2004)

Symptom Validity Testing Of Feigned Crime-Related Amnesia: A Simulation Study, Marko Jelicic, Harald Merckelbach, and Saskia van Bergen, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. 1-8.

Children’s Suggestibility For Peripheral and Central Details, Ingrid Candel, Harald Merckelbach, Marko Jelicic, Monique Limpens & Kelly Widdershoven, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. 9-18.


Index for Vol. 6. No. 1 (2005)

The Role of Interviewer Behavior in Eyewitness Suggestibility, Vanita Sondhi, Applied Psychology Department, Vivekananda College, India, and Ashum Gupta, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, India, pp. 1-19.

Index for Vol. 7. No. 1 (2006)

Looking Through the Eyes of an Accurate Lie Detector , Samantha Mann1, Aldert Vrij1, and Ray Bull2, 1University of Portsmouth, 2University of Leicester, pp. 1-16.

Index for Vol. 7. No. 2 (2006)

Special Issue: Proceedings of the Workshop on the Use of Autonomic and Somatic Measures for Security Evaluations  Edited by Andrea K. Webb & John C. Kircher, University of Utah, pp. 17-168.

Important JCAAWP Links

The Credibility Assessment and Witness Psychology discussion list no longer exists.

For related information on the legal front you should also visit our Polygraph Law Resource Page.

For additional information, please contact the Editor, Charles R. Honts, Ph. D.

via EMAIL at CHONTS @ boisestate.edu  (if you cut and paste, you will have to remove the blank spaces.)

or by telephone at 208.426.3695


JCAAWP is no longer accepting articles.


Most recent update 23 Feb 2012.