Dr. Charles Honts is a Professor with the Department of Psychology. He earned his
Ph.D. in Psychology in 1986 from the University of Utah. Since coming to Boise State in
1995, Dr. Honts’ research interests have involved scientific credibility assessment with
adults and children, specifically the psychophysiological detection of deception. Other
interests include quantitative methods, jury behavior, and the area of psychology and the
law. A prolific author, Dr. Honts has published in the Journal of Police and Criminal
Psychology, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and Legal and Criminological
Psychology. Additionally, he has served as a reviewer for a variety of publications and
in 1996 founded the Journal of Credibility Assessment and Witness Psychology. In 2007 Dr.
Honts received a $299,537 grant from the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment for a
project titled, Effects of Comparison Question Type and Between Test Stimulation on the
Validity of the Comparison Question Test. 



The Comparison Question Polygraph Test: A Contrast of Methods and Scoring (with Racheal Reavy), Physiology & Behavior (2015)

We conducted a mock crime experiment with 250 paid participants (126 females, Mdn age =...



‘I'd Know a False Confession If I Saw One’: A Constructive Replication with Juveniles (with Saul M. Kassin and Ronald A. Craig), Psychology, Crime & Law (2014)

We report two experiments concerning the ability of laypersons to assess the credibility of confessions...



A Case Study of the Validity of the Arther Examination Procedures in a Criminal Case with DNA Confirmation (with Mark Handler), Polygraph (2013)

We report a case study of the Arthur Examination Procedures (AEP). The validity of the...


An EDA Primer for Polygraph Examiners (with Mark Handler, Raymond Nelson, and Donald Krapohl), Polygraph (2010)


Effectiveness of Pupil Diameter in a Probable-Lie Comparison Question Test for Deception (with Andrea K. Webb, John C. Kircher, Paul Bernhardt, and Anne E. Cook), Legal and Criminological Psychology (2009)

Purpose. There were three objectives of this study: (1) To assess the possibility of using...




Credibility Assessment: Scientific Research and Applications (with David C. Raskin and John C. Kircher), Faculty Authored Books (2014)

A dozen years have passed since the publication of Murray Kleiner's seminal work Handbook of...


Contributions to Books


Research Methods for Psychophysiological Deception Detection (with John C. Kircher), Research Methods in Forensic Psychology (2011)

For purposes of this chapter, we accept Vrij's (2000) definition of deception as "a successful...



Scientific Status: The Case for Polygraph Tests (with D. C. Raskin and J. C. Kircher), Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (2008)


The Scientific Status of Research on Polygraph Techniques: The Case for Polygraph Tests (with D. C. Raskin and J. C. Kircher), Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (2002)


Interrogations, False Confessions and the Polygraph: Issues and Concerns from Psychological Science (Invited Address) (with M. Handler), Annual Meeting, American Association of Police Polygraphists (2011)

A New Paradigm for the Study of Deception Detection at Portals (with Flavia A. Pitman, James V. Pitman, Scott T. McBride, Adela B. Anderson, and Ashley K. Christiansen), Association for Psychological Science Annual Meeting (2008)

We report the results of a new paradigm to study deception detection in portal settings....


The Incomprehensibility of Judicial Instructions and Subsequent Jury Decisions (with Ashley Christiansen), Off the Witness Stand: Using Psychology in the Practice of Justice (2007)

The present study examined one opportunity for jury error in capital trials. We measured participants’...