Functional magnetic resonance study of deliberate deception

M. V. Kireev, A. D. Korotkov, S. V. Medvedev

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The goal of the study was analysis of the cerebral mechanisms of deliberate deception. The event-related functional magnetic resonance (ER fMRI) imaging technique was used to assess the changes in the functional brain activity by means of recording the blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal. Twelve right-handed healthy volunteers aged 19-44 years participated in the study. The BOLD images were obtained during three experimental trials: deliberate deception, manipulative honest and control truthful trials (catch trials). The deliberate deception and manipulative honest actions were characterized by a BOLD signal increase in the anterior cingulate (Brodmann's area (BA) 32), frontal (BAs 9/10, 6), and parietal (BA 40) cortices as compared with a truthful response. Comparison of the ER fMRI data with the results of earlier studies where event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded under similar conditions indicates the involvement of the brain mechanism of error detection in deliberate deception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-39
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


  • anterior cingulated cortex
  • deliberate deception
  • error detection
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging


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