Seeing through the face of deception

Nature. 2002 Jan 3;415(6867):35. doi: 10.1038/415035a.


We have developed a high-definition thermal-imaging technique that can detect attempted deceit by recording the thermal patterns from people's faces. This technique has an accuracy comparable to that of polygraph examination by experts and has potential for application in remote and rapid security screening, without the need for skilled staff or physical contact.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Body Temperature*
  • Complicity
  • Criminology / methods*
  • Face / blood supply*
  • Face / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Pattern Recognition, Automated*
  • Regional Blood Flow / physiology
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Terrorism / prevention & control
  • Thermography / methods*
  • Truth Disclosure