New techniques for discovering brain function (and dysfunction) have developed at a remarkable rate. The growth in brain-scanning methods has commensurately increased efforts to introduce neuroscientific evidence in civil and criminal courts, and to use neuroscientific evidence in a number of other legal and policy contexts.
This book has four main purposes:to introduce readers to how brain science is (and is not) already being used in a number of legal contexts;to provide a user-friendly foundation for understanding how the human brain works, and how new techniques are being used to study, monitor and manipulate the brain;to examine pathways by which neuroscience may aid, or harm, the legal system; andto help students think critically about the present status and future possibilities of the law/neuroscience intersection.
The book includes engaging, informative, and provocative excerpts from cases, commentary, scientific articles, and news accounts. Dispersed through each chapter are notes and questions designed to challenge, provoke, inform, and inspire.