Neural Correlates of Deception

Giorgio Ganis*, Joel P Rosenfeld

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article describes key paradigms employed to assess deception and reviews the main neuroscience-based technologies that have been employed to investigate the neural correlates of deception: electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Any potential use of neuroscience-based methods to detect deception in real-life situations requires successful classification in single subjects. It describes findings on the single subject performance of these methods and addresses the effects of two factors that are problematic for all deception detection methods, the potential use of countermeasures, strategies used by subjects to defeat the deception detection tests, and the potential role of false memories and of incidental encoding. It briefly outlines some of the ethical issues associated with these technologies to detect deceptive behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Neuroethics
EditorsJudy Illes, Barbara J Sahakian
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743948
ISBN (Print)9780199570706
StatePublished - Nov 21 2012


  • Deception detection methods
  • Deceptive behavior
  • Ethical issues
  • Neuroscience-based technologies
  • Single subject

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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