Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Deactivating Dishonesty

PostedNovember 1, 2009

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Randy Atkins: A special type of M-R-I can show which areas of the brain are active when you’re deceptive.  But Sujeeta Bhatt, a research scientist at the U-S Defense Intelligence Agency, says it’s not yet a lie detector.

Sujeeta Bhatt: We really don’t know if this is the neural pattern for deception.  We also haven’t really looked at individual areas.

Randy Atkins: With more research, Bhatt thinks a specific part of the brain involved in lying could be targeted with a magnetic field…maybe even without the person’s knowledge.

Sujeeta Bhatt: You might be able to – from a distance – knock out a particular part of the brain that we’ve actually identified to truly be involved in deception.

Randy Atkins: Bhatt says the electromagnetic “truth serum,” and any mild side-effects, would be temporary.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103-point-5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.


Bhatt stresses that any such technology is years away.