fMRI and Lie Detection

TitlefMRI and Lie Detection
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Bellon, C, Brinkman, A, Leever, M, Skipper, RB
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractImaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have proven to be a powerful diagnostic tool in clinical medicine, and a recent innovation, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allows neuroscientists to track the flow of blood through the brain, allowing them to correlate various mental states and processes with neuronal activity in certain areas of the brain. Neural patterns associated with complex processes, such as decision-making, and personality traits seem to be identifiable through fMRI. Last year, a company called No Lie MRI opened. The company offers lie-detection services using the fMRI, and seems to have a better success rate than that of the polygraph. Others have proposed using the fMRI for other non-medical purposes, such as using it to detect personality traits and mental capacities in potential employees.
NotesCase from the Ethics Bowl National Championship, 2007. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2007
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