Biometrics of Intent – From Psychophysiology to Behaviour

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Authors
  1. Vartanian, O.
  2. Muller-Gass, A.
  3. Stergiopoulos, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In the current defence and security environment, covert detection of adversarial intent is becoming increasingly important. However, valid and reliable detection of adversarial intent is contingent on the ability to discriminate this intentional mental state from related stress-induced negative emotional states. A preliminary theoretical framework is proposed that extends current knowledge about the psychophysiology of emotion toward achieving this aim. This framework takes as its starting point two assumptions: First, biomarkers in the autonomic and central nervous systems can be combined to predict specific emotional states. Second, the establishment of a normative psychophysiological and behavioural databank for specific emotional states can be used to measure the extent to which individuals deviate from established norms. Building on our understanding of the psychophysiological underpinnings of emotional states, this framework can be applied to isolate the physiology of intentional states.

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Keywords
Biomarker;Emotions;Intent;Behaviour;Biometric security;Psychophysiology;Databank
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TM-2009-149 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2010
Number of Pages
27
DSTKIM No
CA034872
CANDIS No
534383
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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