Lie Detection: fMRI

  • Giuseppe La Tona
  • Maria Chiara Terranova
  • Federica Vernuccio
  • Giuseppe Lo Re
  • Sergio Salerno
  • Stefania Zerbo
  • Antonina Argo


Objective detection of deception was extensively studied, starting from polygraph to more modern techniques, the functional MR (fMRI), and they are based on neural (sympathetic) activation that is evoked in stressful conditions, such as lying. The role of fMRI in neurophysiology has been extensively developed and studied, and its principles lie in the correlation between the brain demand of energy during determined task and its supply. Although being extensively studied, its role for judiciary purpose presents many shortcomings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe La Tona
    • 1
  • Maria Chiara Terranova
    • 1
  • Federica Vernuccio
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Lo Re
    • 1
  • Sergio Salerno
    • 1
  • Stefania Zerbo
    • 2
  • Antonina Argo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biopathology and Medical BiotechnologiesUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Sciences for the Promotion of Health and Maternal and Child Care “G. D’Alessandro”University of PalermoPalermoItaly

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