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Brain scan lie detection not ready for court

Two companies are currently marketing a cutting-edge solution for lie detection—fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging. This is a specialized MRI that measures changes in blood flow related to neural activity in the brain.

A federal judge has just issued a report on whether fMRI lie detection should be admissible in court. His conclusion: Not yet.

Read Is fMRI lie-detection evidence admissible? on Lawyersusaonline.com.

Read fMRI lie detection fails its first hearing on reliability on the Stanford Law School Blog. This article includes a link to the judge’s actual report.

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  1. ErinBrock says:

    Chic….THANKS!!!
    (But don’t hurt yourself!) 🙂



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  2. shana31 says:

    I just want to send a huge heartfelt thank you to the regulars here on LF.
    I tend to come and go depending on what is going on in my life; sometimes working a lot, sometimes the kids hijack the computer for hours or days on end, sometimes I think I am mostly past the trauma, and as I tend to have an addictive personality when it comes to gaining knowledge from an experience…just another way of saying obsessed 🙂 I try to distance myself and move on. But inevitably, something will happen or a memory resurfaces which will cause me to backtrack. I know that by coming here, I can read some posts and comments, and find myself once again centered.
    You guys are awesome!!

    As for the original post, ya know how alcohol with most people will lower their inhibitions, their defenses, and they will usually speak the truth that lies beneath the surface? With spaths, the alcohol only seems to reinforce their ability to maintain their stance. They never come clean. This is the one factor that helped me to stay with NC. No question I ever asked was met with the full disclosure of the truth. If this machine is allowed to stand up in court, maybe eventually we will see it on QVC or an infomercial and we can use it in our daily lives.



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  3. bluejay says:

    shana31,

    Yeh, I figured out that with a spath, there is always “more to the story”, never getting all the facts.



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