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Now that music lovers have replaced vinyl with iPods, check out the new generation of lie detectors

Litigator Norm Pattis recently lost sleep -- midtrial, he notes -- thanks to the book "Neuroscience and the Law: Brain, Mind and the Scales of Justice." His enticing review makes the lie-detector test sound like the neural-testing equivalent of a gramophone in today's world of iPods:

"Are lie detectors unreliable? Fine, how about charting the P300 brain wave, which is activated when a person knowingly fails to be truthful, or lies? Farfetched? This business of Brain Fingerprinting, as it is know, was admitted into evidence in Iowa not long ago. Harrington v. Iowa, PCCV 073247 (Pottawattamie County D.C. Iowa, 2000).

Are psychological tests unreliable in part because they rely in part on self-reporting? Then let's eliminate the danger of malingering by going right to the source of cognition, the neural circuitry that underlies and, perhaps, forms the mind ..."

More here, including where to get a 30-page book summary from the publisher.

Posted by Laurel Newby on November 29, 2005 at 12:11 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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