Neuroimagery and the Jury
The Jury Expert, Vol. 26, Issue 1 (2014)
5 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2014
Date Written: August 20, 2014
Technological advances in the field of neuroscience have raised concerns in both the academic and legal communities pertaining to how people evaluate this type of evidence. Neuroimages, such as those produced by MRI and fMRI scanners, provide sophisticated, tangible representations of otherwise complex and abstract physiological processes; as such, inexpert viewers may find this type of visual aid particularly alluring when offered as support for a particular scientific claim. It was thus feared that the public, including jurors, may find neuroimages to be particularly persuasive forms of evidence, thereby impeding their ability to make unbiased decisions.
Keywords: Law, Psychology, Neuroscience, Evidence
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