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Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans

How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds

Barbara J. Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

January 2017

ISBN: 9780198752882

176 pages
Hardback
216x135mm

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Price: £16.99

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.

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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.

  • Describes how fMRI allows us to see inside the living brain, giving us the ability to attempt to read minds, guess purchasing choices in advance, and check whether people are lying, or biased
  • Explains what recent neuroimaging studies have revealed
  • Considers the possibilities opening up for understanding the brain, motivation, thoughts, and behaviour
  • Looks at the ethical issues raised by the use of fMRI, such as uncovering racial bias, or false memories

About the Author(s)

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

Barbara J Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. She is also an Honorary Clinical Psychologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. She holds a PhD and a DSc from the University of Cambridge. She is Past-President of the International Neuroethics Society, Past-President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Sahakian is also a Member of the International Expert Jury for the 2017 Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung Prize and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Brain Research. She is co-author of Bad Moves: How decision making goes wrong and the ethics of smart drugs (OUP, 2013), with Jamie Nicole LaBuzetta, and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics (OUP, 2011), with Judy Illes.

Julia Gottwald is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Psychiatry. She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and holds academic degrees in Biochemistry from Free University (Germany) and Neuroscience from the University of Oxford. She is enthusiastic about science communication and is involved in public engagement events, such as Pint of Science and the Cambridge Science Festival. She won the BAP Public Communication Prize 2016 for communicating science to the public, and her 800-word article explaining her research to the general public was shortlisted for the Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2014.

Table of Contents

    1: How does neuroscience impact society?
    2: Can neuroscientists read your mind?
    3: A racial bias hiding in your mind?
    4: The perfect lie detector?
    5: How moral is your brain?
    6: Are you in control?
    7: Show me your brain and I know what you buy?
    8: Where does this leave us?
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"The authors highlight ethical issues that should be of interest to all of us." - Psychology Today

"A valuable primer on what fMRI can and cannot tell us, at least at the moment" - Julian Baggini, Financial Times

"Rich coverage of behavioural research" - Russell Poldrack, Nature