Punk Rock HR Mail: Lie Detectors, MRIs, and Work

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Breanne sent me this article about MRIs, lawsuits, and work.

She writes, “Interesting idea concept — especially since it’s being applied to a sexual discrimination case. Imagine recruiters being forced to get MRI’s?!?!”

Crazy.

Brain scans may become accepted evidence in a civil trial for the first time, if a Brooklyn lawyer gets his way, Wired reports.The case could set a legal precedent for allowing brain scans as evidence to determine whether or not a person is telling the truth.

The lawyer, David Levin, represents a woman who claims that she no longer received good assignments from a temp agency after she complained of sexual harassment at a job site. A coworker at the temp agency claimed he heard a supervisor say the woman should not be placed on jobs because of the complaint.

That prompted Levin to have the coworker undergo a functional magnetic-resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scan by the company Cephos, which claims to provide scientific validation of whether someone is telling the truth. Now the proposed evidence will test the New York standards for scientific evidence in courts — known as the Frye standard — which typically requires the evidence to be considered reliable among the broader scientific community.

Both Cephos and another company called No Lie MRI have marketed their brain scans as lie detectors since 2007. They report accuracy rates from 75 percent to 98 percent under lab conditions, but many neuroscientists remain skeptical of, or outright opposed to, using brain scan technology in court.

I don’t know anything about science, so I have to say that I’m fascinated and a little scared. I like to lie at the office. Keeps things interesting.

  • You look great, today.
  • No, really, I think you’re paranoid. No one hates you.
  • I totally cleaned my kitchen before making those cupcakes.

For the record, I didn’t bake those cupcakes. Everyone knows I don’t cook.

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