The Brain, Your Honor, Will Take The Witness Stand
Every courtroom is a laboratory of human nature, where jurists clinically question our memory, behavior, sanity and sense of responsibility. Exploring the anatomy of justice, though, researchers have started taking testimony from the brain itself to better understand the origins of a fair verdict.
"Neuroscience offers a deep look in to how you think, how humans behave and how humans make decisions," says Stanford University legal scholar Henry Greely, a co-director of the MacArthur project. "Nothing in neuroscience will make the idea of criminal responsibility disappear."