News Center

open
Elsewhere Online twitter Facebook SLS Blogs YouTube SLS Channel Linked In SLSNavigator SLS on Flickr

My Brain Made Me Do It: Neuroscience Takes The Stand

Publication Date: 
August 29, 2012
Source: 
MSNBC - Crime & Courts
Author: 
Kate Kelland

Professor Hank Greely is quoted by MSNBC's Kate Kelland about the effectiveness of BEOS.

He was once a respected pediatrician, loved by patients and their parents for over 30 years. Now Domenico Mattiello faces trial for pedophilia. Scientific experts will argue in court that his damaged brain made him do it in the latest example of how neuroscience - the science of the brain and how it works - is taking the stand and beginning to challenge society's notions of crime and punishment.

...

He was once a respected pediatrician, loved by patients and their parents for over 30 years. Now Domenico Mattiello faces trial for pedophilia, accused of making sexual advances towards little girls in his care.

Scientific experts will argue in court that his damaged brain made him do it, and his lawyers will ask for leniency.

...

'Where do we draw the line?'

Observers such as Hank Greely, a professor of law at Stanford University, point out that no scientific peer-reviewed studies have been published demonstrating that BEOS - the brain test used in the Mumbai case - actually works.