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Neurocase. 2008;14(1):82-92. doi: 10.1080/13554790801992784.

Detecting concealed information using brain-imaging technology.

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  • 1Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, Charite--Universitatsmedizin, Berlin, Germany.


Many conventional techniques for revealing concealed information have focused on detecting whether a person is responding truthfully to specific questions, typically using some form of lie detector. However, lie detection has faced a number of criticisms and it is still unclear to what degree conventional lie detectors can be used to reveal concealed knowledge in applied real-world settings. Here, we review the key problems with conventional lie-detection technology and critically discuss the potential of novel techniques that aim to directly read concealed mental states out of patterns of brain activity.

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