Race, Brain Science, and Critical Decision-Making in the Context of Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Seattle University School of Law
November, 30 2011
Gonzaga Law Review, Forthcoming
Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 11-32
This article surveys current and emerging neuroscience research that is uncovering deep cognitive-level and unconscious connections between race or racial constructs, perception, and decision making. Using those findings as a platform for consideration, the article addresses several implications that these cognitive patterns might have for the particular kinds of perceptual experiences and decision making opportunities that are relevant in the context of criminal law enforcement and police procedure, and begins to evaluate the influence that these cognitive trends may have on the development of specific legal regulatory mechanisms and their application to the larger law enforcement complex.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: Criminal procedure, Fourth Amendment, search and seizure, stop-and-frisk, eyewitness identifications, neuroscience, race, fMRI, bias, emotion, memory, Police procedure, use of force, perception, suspicion, credibility, trustAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 30, 2011
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