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The Brain, Your Honor, Will Take The Witness Stand

Publication Date: 
January 15, 2009
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal
Author: 
Robert Lee Hotz
Professor Henry T. "Hank" Greely is quoted in The Wall Street Journal in an article about functional brain imaging (fMRI) as a tool for the courtroom. The Wall Street Journal writes:

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.

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"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."