Panel Seeks Truth in Lie Detector Debate

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Science  09 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5506, pp. 967
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5506.967

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An expanded polygraph screening program at U.S. nuclear weapons labs begun in the wake of suspected espionage has heated up the perennial debate over the validity of lie detectors. And if testimony at the first meeting last week of a new National Academy of Sciences panel examining the thorny issue is any guide, the truth will be hard to come by. Researchers are, however, exploring alternate technologies, including the use of brain and thermal imaging, to identify what happens in the brain when people lie.