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Neuroscience in the judicial system
Schouten, Ronald Law and Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
Hidalgo, José A. Law and Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
- Law and scientific evidence
- Concerns about the use of neuroscience in court
- Ready or not?
- Related Primary Literature
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Rapid advances in neuroscience have broad implications for our understanding of human behavior. The extent of the legal system's interest in this information as well as the range of concerns related to the use of neuroscience in court are reflected in publications so numerous that an exhaustive review here is impractical. As a result, this article is limited to discussions about the use of scientific evidence in court, limitations on such use of neuroscience, select examples of such use, and concerns as to whether the field is prepared to manage the demands for this knowledge.
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