Elements S2 • E32

How Much Neuroscience Is Actually Allowed in the Courtroom?





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Published on Jul 11, 2018

"Neurolaw" is becoming increasingly important in the courtroom, but how effective are the current methods of bringing brain science to the bench?

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Neurolaw: A brief introduction
"Neurolaw, as an interdisciplinary field which links the brain to law, facilitates the pathway to better understanding of human behavior in order to regulate it accurately through incorporating neuroscience achievements in legal studies."

Can neurolaw change the criminal justice system?
"While a number of cases in the database demonstrate the ethical and legal significance of brain-based evidence, it appears judges are still taking a reasonably cautious approach—traditional evidence remains the gold standard."

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"Since the system presumes a deterrent effect, rational understanding and knowing, intelligent, and voluntary choices, it does not work smoothly when the actors involved are not rational, do not understand the proceedings, and cannot make those kinds of well-reasoned choices."

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