Unmasking Deception: Exploring Ocular-Motor Deception Testing (ODT)

Date: November 29, 2023
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Eastern
# CE Hours: 1

Webinar Description:

Ocular-motor deception testing (ODT) is an emerging technology that uses ocular-motor and behavioral measures of cognitive load to assess the credibility of respondents completing computer-automated testing procedures.

During this webinar, Dr. Mundt will discuss the evaluation of ocular-motor deception testing methods for assessing truthfulness and detecting deception in self-reported behaviors among civilly committed sexually violent persons. Our presenter will review an experimental study that evaluated ODT accuracy for discriminating deceptive and truthful response patterns in 124 volunteers detained at a secure treatment facility for sexually violent persons (SVPs). Study results support further research and continue use of ODT assessment methods as a potential adjunct to, or alternative for, post-conviction sex offender testing using polygraphs.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, you will be able to…

  1. Identify the principle underlying ocular-motor deception testing (ODT) for assessing the credibility of a respondent.
  2. Describe the Relevant Comparison Test (RCT) method for testing credibility.
  3. Discuss the role that the base rate of guilt (BRG) has with respect to the accuracy of detecting deception based on logistic regression modeling.
  4. Discuss the basic strengths, weaknesses, and results of an experimental study conducted to evaluate accuracy claims of a commercial product that uses ODT methods to assess the credibility of self-reported statements.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. James C. Mundt earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1991. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles reporting study results funded by multiple institutes within the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical development companies. Early research interests focused on the influence of alcohol on judgment and decision-making in simulated environments. He was an early developer of ecological momentary assessment methods.

Much of Dr. Mundt’s research career has focused on developing innovative methods of measuring clinical progress by integrating physiological indices of functioning, such as ocular-motor control or vocal acoustic characteristics of speech production, with self-reported behaviors. These methods have been applied in clinical domains ranging from mood disorders to Alzheimer’s disease to suicidal ideation and behaviors in clinical trials. Dr. Mundt joined the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in 2014. His primary focus has been making multivariate statistical risk models more readily accessible to forensic evaluators.

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