Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a relatively new form of imaging that is being used in a variety of promising ways, including brain mapping, cancer treatment mapping, and blood flow detection. In addition, recent research has used fMRI to identify which areas of the brain are responsible for lying and deception-in effect, using fMRI as a lie detector, a very interesting and unexpected use. There have been 2 court rulings on whether the utilization of fMRI as a lie detector could be admissible in court, based on many reasons and reports written to help improve this form of lie detection and make it acceptable for use in court. However, there are also many other reasons to be skeptical of this form of lie detection as legal evidence in court, including some ethical issues. The following article will discuss the development of the brain and the nervous system and the discovery and use of fMRI as a form of lie detection, as well as examine the legal and ethical implications and questions that have not yet been answered.
After reading this article, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the development of the brain and the nervous system.
- Discuss the fMRI process.
- Examine the use of fMRI as a form of lie detection.
- Evaluate the legal and ethical implications of using fMRI as a form of lie detection.
Categories: MRI, Radiography