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American Journal of Law & Medicine

ARTICLE: Neuroscience-Based Lie Detection: The Urgent Need for Regulation


33 Am. J. L. and Med. 377


Henry T. Greely + & Judy Illes ++



"Illustration" or "map" are among the most frequently used words for translating the Chinese character tu, a graphic representation of any phenomenon that can be pictured in life and society, whether in traditional China or elsewhere. 1 Investigations of the early role of tu in Chinese culture first set out to answer questions about who produced tu, the background of its originator, and the originator's purpose. How were pictures conceptualized? Interpreted? In examining tu, Chinese scholars stressed the relational aspect of tu and shu (writing) to answer both these questions, as well as to the importance of not robbing an image of its overall beauty and life with too much graphic detail. In the West, specific concepts of technical or scientific illustrations did not exist before the Renaissance. With the coming of that age, technical illustration became a specific branch of knowledge and activity, with its own specific goals and ends. Although these developments did not proceed in any linear manner in either China or the West, they mirrored the growing importance of science and technology in both societies. However, the desire to understand the function of the brain through observation of human behavior and deficits in patients was marked especially in the West. Ideas about cerebral localization paved the way to developments for mapping brain function--a path that has seen at least eight different technological approaches since the first successful measurements of brain electrical activity in 1920 by Hans Berger. 2 Each technological approach has different potential, ...
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