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About this Program
Observers often describe America as a violence-prone society, and judges and prosecutors must address the consequences of violent behavior on a daily basis. Scientific advances in studying the human brain have given us new insight into brain structure and function that appear to play a role in triggering violence. Relatively recent developments in brain imaging have enabled neuroscientists to address this relationship in great detail.
Is there something "different" or "wrong" with the brains of murderers and other violent criminals? How certain can we be about the link between abnormal brain structures and functionality and violent behavior? How can neuroscience findings help the legal system adjudicate cases involving criminal violence? A neuroscientist demonstrates how neuroimaging and a greater understanding of brain function open the door to explaining the actions of some violent offenders.
The possibility that a person is predisposed to committing violent acts because of a brain dysfunction raises serious questions about criminal responsibility. A legal scholar provides an overview of cases in which brain dysfunction has been raised as a defense in criminal cases and discuss the legal issues that flow from our new knowledge of brain function and its relation to behavior.
Moderator: Anita Eisenstadt Speakers: Monte Buchsbaum, Ph.D. and Nita A. Farahany, J.D., Ph.D.
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