Who Speaks for Neuroscience? Neuroimaging Evidence and Courtroom Expertise

23 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2018

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Jane Campbell Moriarty

Duquesne University - School of Law

Daniel Langleben

University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Moriarty, Jane C. and Langleben, Daniel, Who Speaks for Neuroscience? Neuroimaging Evidence and Courtroom Expertise (2018). Case Western Reserve Law Review, Forthcoming; Duquesne University School of Law Research Paper No. 2018-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3221041

Jane C. Moriarty (Contact Author)

Duquesne University - School of Law ( email )

600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
United States

Daniel Langleben

University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine ( email )

423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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