The Brain on Trial
They may sound like they’ve been lifted from the pages of science fiction, but a new generation of brain-scanning technologies and other neuroscientific advances are playing a role in determining guilt or innocence in criminal courts. They also may change the way we think about age-old questions of justice and personal responsibility.
In the first installment of the Quick Studies podcast series, we talk with Katrina Sifferd, an assistant professor of philosophy at Elmhurst. Sifferd, an attorney and a scholar in the emerging field of neuroethics, unravels some of the ethical and legal questions posed as advances in brain science find their way into courts.