Live Chat: Brain Science and the Law

California News Correspondent

See below for the chat box. Join us each Thursday at 3 p.m. EST for a live conversation with leading scientists and expert reporters.
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In recent years, brain science has been finding its way into the courtroom. Lawyers have attempted to use brain scans to prove that their client is telling the truth. Others have argued that convicted killers should receive a more lenient sentence because genetic variations or brain abnormalities predisposed them to violence. Last year, the Supreme Court cited brain research in a decision banning life sentences for most juvenile criminals. How solid is the science behind these arguments? Do scientists and judges have different standards for weighing the evidence? And what is the outlook for the impact of neuroscience on the legal system?

Join us for a live chat on this page at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 15 September, to ask law professor Owen Jones and cognitive neuroscientist Martha Farah about the promise and perils of using brain science in the name of justice. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.

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Owen D. Jones


Martha J. Farah



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