Brain Fingerprinting

01.09.2020

tags: Forensic science,

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By Rebecca Wilcoxson, Dr Nathan Brooks, Dr Paul Duckett and Professor Matthew Browne. 

From the September 2020 issue of the APJ.

Forensic sciences are facing a credibility problem that has rapidly escalated in the last few years.

Governmental investigations in the United State of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) into 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 and the problems associated with the commercialisation of forensic products.

One forensic method that has been commercialised is an electroencephalogram (EEG)-based lie detection product termed Brain Fingerprinting. This article is a discussion of Brain Fingerprinting and an explanation of why concerns over the credibility of this forensic technique are substantial and warranted, and lead us to conclude that it is not yet ready for implementation in Australia.

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