November 01, 2017

Neuroscience in the Courtroom and the Classroom

By Deborah Runkle

Like most new technologies, issues related to neuroscience are, in one way or the other, making their presence known in the legal system. In her study of serious criminal cases, Nita Farahany wrote that “[c]lear statistics are hard to find, but many indicators suggest that courts are increasingly encountering offers of neuroscientific evidence. . . . [M]any people in the legal system hope that insights from neuroscience can help to answer some of the hard and perennial questions law routinely faces. Criminal defendants regularly use neuroscience at every stage of the criminal process. . . .”1 Although attention has focused on the use of neuroscience in criminal cases, in litigating civil cases, neuroscience also is becoming more common.

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