A Curriculum Structured Design for Educating Adults in Detecting Deception and Eliciting Information

Barry McManus

Advisor: Star A. Muir, PhD, Department of Communication

Committee Members: Jan Arminio, John O'Connor

Buchanan Hall, #D205F
November 08, 2013, 10:00 AM to 07:00 AM


This dissertation describes the overall effectiveness of deception detection training and identifies conditions that may enhance training effectiveness through understanding how adults learn and utilizing scenario-based training. The analysis was based on a total of 1,788 evaluation data sheets (archival records). The major aim of the research is to share information on scenario-based training in deception detection and information elicitation and its utility in training adult learners. In the process of researching and writing this dissertation, the author conducted a literature search and review on deception detection, adult learning, and scenario-based learning. This dissertation is slated to be a reference and resource for military, security, and law enforcement settings.