Puzzling Experiment of the Day: Mock Crime Blink

Today’s Puzzling Experiment of the Day is described in this paper:

frankDetecting false intent using eye blink measures,” Frank M. Marchak [pictured here], Frontiers in Psychology, 4 (2013): 736. (Thanks to investigator Neil Martin for bringing this to our attention.) The author, at Veridical Research and Design Corporation, Bozeman, MT, USA, explains:

“Here we examined—across two experiments with increasing degrees of ecological validity—whether changes in eye blinking can be used to determine false intent regarding future actions. In both experiments, half of the participants engaged in a mock crime and then transported an explosive device with the intent of delivering it to a “contact” that would use it to cause a disturbance.”

BONUS (unrelated): New Mexico Tech’s “Teacher Tips for Implementing a Mock Crime Scene “, which includes this photo:

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