Who Speaks for Neuroscience? Neuroimaging Evidence and Courtroom Expertise
23 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2018
Date Written: 2018
This article explores the issue of proper qualifications necessary for expert witnesses who testify about structural and functional neuroimaging evidence. It outlines the nature of the problem; explains some of the complexity of the question of expertise as a matter of medicine, science, and law, using criminal cases involving mental health as a helpful template to discuss the issues; provides some thoughts about better regulating neuroimaging evidence by focusing on the qualifications of experts; and offers modest policy suggestions to address the question of expert competence.
Keywords: Evidence, Experts, Neuroscience, Qualifications
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