Neurolaw and the future

Rumbold, John (2013) Neurolaw and the future. Kaleidoscope, 5(2), pp. 146-150. ISSN (print) 1756-8137


Rapid advances in cognitive neuroscience hold the prospect of dramatic changes in the criminal justice system. Brain scans are being admitted in court, and their ability to sway juries should not be underestimated. Will technology fundamentally alter our approach to guilt and innocence, or are the claims made for cognitive neuroscience overstated? This article lays out the difficulties posed by neuroscience to how the law works and in particular how criminal responsibility is determined.

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