The Possibilities and Perils of Neuroscience in Criminal Law

53 Am. Crim. L. Rev. Online 47

Austin McCullough*

The brain plays an integral role in criminal law, whether it comes to determining what a defendant was thinking at the time of a crime or what behavior a convict is predisposed to commit in the future. Neuroscience provides a potential avenue to better understand these mental aspects of criminal trials. As the scientific field continues to grow and change, courts should be careful about the way in which they use neuroscience evidence and what weight such evidence is given.

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