Neuroscientists in court

Owen D. Jones, Anthony D. Wagner, David L. Faigman, Marcus E. Raichle

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Abstract

Neuroscientific evidence is increasingly being offered in court cases. Consequently, the legal system needs neuroscientists to act as expert witnesses who can explain the limitations and interpretations of neuroscientific findings so that judges and jurors can make informed and appropriate inferences. The growing role of neuroscientists in court means that neuroscientists should be aware of important differences between the scientific and legal fields, and, especially, how scientific facts can be easily misunderstood by non-scientists, including judges and jurors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-736
Number of pages7
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
Volume14
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

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