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Get Scanned, Get Canned: Deception Detection and Neuroscience Technology Outside the Courtroom

February 24, 2012 
2:00- 4:00 pm
Room 128

Deception-detection technology based on recent developments in neuroscience is here!  Several companies offer neuroscience-based lie detectors to potential clients for use in both courtroom and non- courtroom settings, promoting their services as superior to polygraph and other more dated technologies.  However some legal scholars, ethicists, and neuroscientists have questioned both the effectiveness and desirability of using neuroscience-based methods to detect  deception, and those methods have not been widely accepted in court.  

 The next frontier for deception detection using “brain scans” may therefore instead lie in private and administrative settings like health law, tort law, labor and employment law, and national security law.  For example, although federal law (and some state law) arguably prohibits the use of such technologies in employment decisions, the technology could get a foothold in other settings like security screening for commercial air travel.  Neuroscience-and-law experts Owen Jones, Adam Kolber, and John Meixner will join the Information Society Project for a panel moderated by Visiting Fellow Bradley Moore to discuss the scientific validity, legal framework, and ethical implications for neuroscience-based deception detection.