Usman Afzali


Psychology PhD Candidate, Postdoctoral Research Associate


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Curriculum vitae


School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing


University of Canterbury


20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand




Usman Afzali


Psychology PhD Candidate, Postdoctoral Research Associate


School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing


University of Canterbury


20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand



Forensic Brainwave Analysis


Role: Researcher

Forensic Brainwave Analysis currently has three areas: Brain Fingerprinting (BFP), Complex Trial Protocol and Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature Profiling.

BFP is an ERP*-based knowledge detection technology aiming to detect concealed knowledge pertaining to an incident (criminal or otherwise) in a person's brain. BFP can also detect if a certain person has knowledge specific to a specific group or organisation (e.g., FBI).

BFP was invented in the early 1990s by Dr Lawrence (Larry) Farwell - currently the Chief Science Officer of the Brain Fingerprinting Technologies.

During my PhD at University of Canterbury, I worked with academics from psychology and law in a New Zealand Law Foundation project to replicate the accuracy and reliability of the BFP technology with general population and with parolees.

An EEG headset (see the figure) and a computer software are used in this technology.

https://www.cgxsystems.com
Can we beat Brain Fingerprinting?
I have also investigated a cognitive psychology technique known as Think/No-Think in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, UK (read further). Think/No-Think might be used as a countermeasure against BFP. There is a potential for prospective Honours, Master’s and PhD students to work with us on BFP and Think/No-Think at the University of Canterbury. This will tell us what type of people could employ Think/No-Think, and potentially beat BFP.
*ERP = Event-related potential

Publications


Classification accuracy of the ERP-based Brain Fingerprinting and its robustness to direct-suppression and thought-substitution countermeasures


M. Usman Afzali, Richard D. Jones, Alex P. Seren-Grace, Robin W. Palmer, Dena Makarious, Mariana N. B. Rodrigues, Ewald Neumann


Applied Cognitive Psychology


Detection of concealed knowledge via the ERP-based technique Brain Fingerprinting: Real-life and real-crime incidents


M. Usman Afzali, Alex P. Seren-Grace, Robin W. Palmer, Ewald Neumann, Sarah Makarious, Debra Wilson, Richard D. Jones


Psychophysiology, 2022