Neurohype and the Law: A Cautionary Tale
In Casting Light on the Dark Side of Brain Imaging (Amir Raz & Robert Thibault eds, Elsevier 2019).
6 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2018 Last revised: 2 Feb 2020
Date Written: 2019
This chapter suggests that for conceptual, empirical, and practical reasons, neuroscience in general and non-invasive brain imaging in particular are not likely to revolutionize the law and our conception of ourselves, but may make modest contributions to legal policy and case adjudication if the legal relevance of the science is properly understood.
Keywords: Criminal law, neuroscience, non-invasive brain imaging, Brain Overclaim Syndrome, language of mechanism v. folk psychology, determinism, responsibility. neurodeterminism, mental states, behavioral criteria of law, empirical problems, replication crisis
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