Tracking neuroscience’s impact in the courtroom

A new resource provided by the University of Sydney and Macquarie University will aid research into the emerging field of neurolaw. Researchers says the use of neuroscientific evidence raises legal and ethical questions in the courtroom. Image: iStock Neuroscience could reveal some of the mysteries of how humans think and behave but judges and lawyers are grappling with how it should be used in the courtroom. Cases drawing on neuroscientific evidence have doubled in the United States between 2006 and 2009, but less is known about its impact in Australia.  American prosecution and defence teams have called on the developing science as evidence in arguments about defendants’ responsibility and their competence to stand trial. In civil cases, brain scans are regularly being admitted to test claims of pain and suffering…

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