Law and Neuroscience: Progress, Promise, and Pitfalls

in The Cognitive Neurosciences, 6th Edition (Gazzaniga, Mangun, and Poeppel, eds) (MIT Press, 2019, Forthcoming)

Vanderbilt Law Research Paper 18- 32

20 Pages Posted: 31 May 2018 Last revised: 9 Jul 2018

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Owen D. Jones

Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences

Anthony D. Wagner

Stanford University - Psychology

Date Written: April 1, 2018

Abstract

This forthcoming chapter provides an overview of the newest developments at the interface of law and neuroscience.

It describes what is happening, explains the potential influences of neuroscientific evidence, and explores the contexts in which neuroscience can be useful to law.

Along the way, it considers some of the legal problems on which neuroscientific data are thought to provide potential answers. It highlights some illustrative cases. And it surveys new brain imaging research by interdisciplinary teams of legal scholars, judges, and neuroscientists.

Keywords: law and neuroscience, neurolaw, cognitive science, brain scan, memory, psychology, criminal, responsibility, mens rea, tort, contract, evidence, injury, emotion, lie detection, judging, psychopathy, fMRI, EEG, decision making, neuroethics, punishment, sentencing, mental states, adolescents

JEL Classification: D87

Suggested Citation

Jones, Owen D. and Wagner, Anthony D., Law and Neuroscience: Progress, Promise, and Pitfalls (April 1, 2018). in The Cognitive Neurosciences, 6th Edition (Gazzaniga, Mangun, and Poeppel, eds) (MIT Press, 2019, Forthcoming) ; Vanderbilt Law Research Paper 18- 32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3178272

Owen D. Jones (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences ( email )

131 21st Avenue South
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HOME PAGE: http://law.vanderbilt.edu/bio/owen-jones

Anthony D. Wagner

Stanford University - Psychology ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States
(650) 723-4048 (Phone)
(650) 725-5699 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: https://psychology.stanford.edu/awagner

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