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13 December 2011
Neuroscientists seek to determine how brain function affects behaviour, and the law is concerned with regulating behaviour. It is therefore likely that developments in neuroscience will increasingly be brought to bear on the law. This report sets out some of the areas where neuroscience might be of relevance, along with some of the limits to its application. Specific issues discussed include risk assessment in probation and parole decisions; detecting deception; assessing memory; understanding pain; and Non-Accidental Head Injury NAHI).
Key messages of the report include:
Professor Nicholas Mackintosh FRS, chair of the working group, provided an introduction to the report at the press briefing (MP3, 4 mins). The report was also discussed on the BBC Radio 4 programme 'All in the mind' on Tuesday 13 December 2011.
The 2nd Royal Society-National Academy of Sciences Sackler Forum on the subject of neuroscience and the law took place at the National Academies’ Beckman Center on the 2nd – 3rd March 2011. Many of the talks are available online. We are very grateful to the Sackler family for their generous funding of this event.
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