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Brain fingerprinting: A warning against early implementation

Forensic sciences are facing a credibility problem that has rapidly escalated in the last few years. Governmental investigations in the U.S. and the U.K. on the validity of forensic science techniques has led to concern for the state of the discipline, while in Australia and New Zealand a systematic review is yet to occur. Governmental reports from the USA and the UK have highlighted the dearth of empirical support for numerous forensic methods adn teh problems asscoiated wtih the commercialisation of forensic products. One forensic method that has been commercialised is an EEG based lie detection product termed Brian Fingerprinting. The following is a discussionof Brain Fingerprinting and an explanation for why concerns ove rthe credibility of this forensic technique are substantial and warranted, and lead us to conclude that it is not yet ready for implimentation in Australia.

History

Volume

74

Issue

3

Start Page

126

End Page

131

Number of Pages

6

ISSN

0005-0024

Publisher

New South Wales Police Force

Peer Reviewed

No

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Australian Police Journal