Neuroscience And Law Project Could Help Courts Determine Truth
Professor Henry T. "Hank" Greely is quoted in a Stanford Report story about the MacArthur Neuroscience and Law Project:
"Neuroscientists have been doing really fascinating and important research, but they haven't been guided by or particularly aware of what the law might find useful or interesting," said Hank Greely, JD, the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and co-director of one of the project's three working groups.
"What is unique about this project is that it is more focused on answering questions that the law will actually ask," Greely said. "Maybe it will turn out that the law has no interest in the answers, or maybe it will turn out that the answers will revolutionize the law."
Greely said he expects more Stanford researchers will join the various studies. The project already includes participants from more than 20 universities.
This project will address topics limited only be the imaginations of the people involved. Greely outlined a few that members are pursuing:
"I think this is the century of the brain," said Greely. Scientists now understand infinitely more than they did even 20 years ago, and even that knowledge constitutes only a small fraction of determining how the brain works. Future developments in understanding brain function will have huge implications for society.
"Human society is really the society of human brains," he said. "It is our brains—or the minds those brains generate—that are what we care about in people, so anything that changes how well we understand the brain is likely to have major effects on how society functions."