A Stanford study published late last month found that if your doctor buys a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, you’re more likely to get an MRI scan for lower back pain. If you go to an orthopedic surgeon, you’re also more likely to get surgery. These procedures are often not helpful to patients and can drive up healthcare costs.
Have you ever wondered about the methodologies behind lie detection? Is its application in the courtroom setting appropriate? In which cases is lie detection machinery flawed? A Monday night panel discussion held by the Stanford Interdisciplinary Group in Neuroscience and Society (SIGNS) attempted to tackle these issues, covering modern neuro-imaging in locations outside the lab.