Can magnets make you lie?


21 Responses to “Can magnets make you lie?”

  1. jcostantino says:

    Fucking magnets… how DO they work?

  2. Jim Saul says:

    There are several other groups working with transcranial magnetic stimulation, and some jaw-dropping results in seemingly enhancing certain task potentials by temporarily shutting down other parts of the brain.

    On the other hand, I have to assume there are other experiments in these technologies and others, that we’ll never know about. Some dark things have to have been going on in the oubliettes that contractors created in those hearts of darkness.  Once they cross the line on waterboarding, why would they balk at more promising, and seemingly less traumatic, ways to shut down resistance to interrogation?  Of course, the subjects can never surface again.

  3. uriaha says:

    The results become decidedly less weird when you change the headline to “Interrupting neural activity in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex reduces participants’ tendencies to lie.” Of course, that then makes the headline decidedly less catchy.

    • Citizen Sofa says:

      Maybe “Interrupting Neural Activity” has many many other effects too? In the brain or any other part of the BCN. Like giving you one hell of a headache maybe?.. Or a twinge?..Or a burst fuse?…or making you need a battery change?… or making you swear?…er..the possibilities could be endless here!….:)

  4. Tim Quinn says:

    Not a lie if you are given permission. A truer analysis would be that if you are given the choice to be correct or not and someone disrupts your brain process you will be slightly more likely to take the easier route and just guess than try to figure out what is going on.

  5. bcsizemo says:

    Now when are the DoD contractors going to start working on a weaponized version that can render a person incapacitated (stunned, dizzy, temporary blindness, the list goes on)?

  6. Zippy says:

    I thought  magnets make you sing folk songs

    oh wait, that’s robots…

    • Dewi Morgan says:

      Robots make you sing folk songs? Like what?

      Ro, ro, ro the bot,
      Gently drown in C,
      Merrily merrily merrily merrily,
      “Life” is but a string.

  7. stealthisbook says:

    I wonder if this might call into question some of the experimental results from MRIs. When subjects are asked to think of something or perform a task while undergoing an MRI in order to induce activity in a part of the brain, what happens when they are prone to deception due to the big honking magnets? Is this effect something that acts only on speech? Does the effect change the perception of the subject, or the intention– do they feel that they are telling the truth either way?

    Definitely something that would be interesting to follow up

  8. Palomino says:

    I don’t own a single magnet. 

  9. robuluz says:

    Fucking Mag….. oh, right.

  10. Wasn’t there a study recently on how magentic fields affect your ability to pass moral judgements?

  11. Mauro Tamm says:

    “Fucking Estonians, how do they work?”I dont know how i work…im like a magnet i guess.

  12. onepieceman says:

    So let me get this straight. It’s possible to mess with a brain and alter its behaviour?

  13. ill lich says:

    How do I know the authors of this study didn’t have magnets attached to their skulls?

  14. liquidstar says:

    Is it stranger to be made to lie or be made to experience god?

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