Neuroscience and the law

New insights into the neural processes that underlie cognition and behaviour have led to discussions about the relevance of these discoveries for the criminal justice system. Conversely, laws can influence neuroscience, for example, with regard to psychoactive drugs and stem cell research. Nature Reviews Neuroscience presents a series of articles that explore the interaction between neuroscience and the law.
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February 2014 Vol 15 No 2

Functional MRI-based lie detection: scientific and societal challenges

Martha J. Farah, J. Benjamin Hutchinson, Elizabeth A. Phelps & Anthony D. Wagner

January 2014 Vol 15 No 1

Neurocriminology: implications for the punishment, prediction and prevention of criminal behaviour

Andrea L. Glenn & Adrian Raine



December 2013 Vol 14 No 12

Memory development: implications for adults recalling childhood experiences in the courtroom

Mark L. Howe

October 2013 Vol 14 No 10

Neuroscientists in court

Owen D. Jones, Anthony D. Wagner, David L. Faigman & Marcus E. Raichle

September 2013 Vol 14 No 9

The neuroscience of memory: implications for the courtroom

Joyce W. Lacy & Craig E. L. Stark

August 2013 Vol 14 No 8

Effects of Schedule I drug laws on neuroscience research and treatment innovation

David J. Nutt, Leslie A. King & David E. Nichols

July 2013 Vol 14 No 7

The influence of neuroscience on US Supreme Court decisions about adolescents' criminal culpability

Laurence Steinberg