Neuroscience and the Law

Sunday, September 7, 2014
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

What Is It

Recent advances in neuroscience have revealed that certain neurological disorders, like a brain tumor, can cause an otherwise normal person to behave in criminally deviant ways. Would knowing that an underlying neurological condition had caused criminal behavior change the way we assign moral responsibility and mete out justice? Should it? Is committing a crime with a "normal" biology fundamentally different from doing so with an identifiable brain disorder? John and Ken ask how the law should respond to the findings of neuroscience with David Eagleman, author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.


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Friday, March 8, 2024 -- 5:52 AM

As a neuroscientist, I

As a neuroscientist, I understand the intricate relationship between neuroscience and the law. Neuroscientific advancements provide insights into human brain injury lawyer near me behavior, cognition, and decision-making, challenging traditional legal concepts. Integrating neuroscience into the legal system can enhance fairness and accuracy, paving the way for more informed judgments and effective interventions in criminal justice proceedings.

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