Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.


Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) might be able to detect a predisposition for sexually inappropriate behavior. This IQP explored the ethical, legal and societal issues associated with this emerging technology. An "fMRI Non-Disclosure Act" was drafted to protect the individual while this technology matures. Ultimately, society will benefit greatly from this non-invasive medical imaging tool. It can quantify the therapeutic progress of individuals. It might alert individuals of their predisposition and consequently provide preventative treatment options to mitigate an offense.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering