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Sex, Lies & Brain Scans by Barbara J. Sahakian (Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cambridge), Julia Gottwald (PhD student at Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge)

Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans

How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds

Barbara J. Sahakian (Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cambridge), Julia Gottwald (PhD student at Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge)

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Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 19 Jan 2017
ISBN: 9780198752882

The potential of fMRI is extraordinary. It allows us to observe brain activity in real time, build an understanding of thoughts and motivations, and discern unconscious biases. In a limited but real way we can now 'read minds'. Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald explain the science, and consider the ethical implications of using these techniques.

4 stars out of 5
PD Smith
27 Dec 2019

"a fascinating guide to neuroimaging and the wonders of one of the most complex structures in the universe: our brain"

This book takes us on “a whistle-stop tour through some of the most exciting scientific studies”. The science and technology are still evolving but researchers have already used fMRI scans, analysed by a computer, to reconstruct a film clip watched by subjects. It was “blurry and not very detailed” but still remarkable. Other experiments include attempts to read dreams, and to detect social biases such as racism and sexism; in one study, researchers achieved a 100% success rate in detecting lies. However they also showed that it was relatively easy to trick the technology: “even the most accurate computer model can be fooled”.

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