Should neuroimaging-based lie detection be allowed in court? Should neuroimaging be used to predict the future criminality of a convicted defendant on sentencing, or of an unarrested but "dangerous" person? Should "my brain made me do it" be a valid criminal defense? Should a judge be able to sentence an addict to curative brain surgery?
On September 11th and 18th, PBS stations across the country broadcast "Brains on Trial," a two hour program moderated by Alan Alda that explored these and other legal issues raised by neuroscience.
On Wednesday, October 2, the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences and the Stanford Interdisciplinary Group on Neuroscience and Society will host a continuation of that exploration here at Stanford. Alan Alda will moderate a panel discussion featuring Professors Silvia Bunge (Berkeley Psychology Department),Hank Greely (Stanford Law School), Robert Sapolsky (Stanford Biology Department), and Anthony Wagner (Stanford Psychology Department).
Reception to follow.
This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please click here to register.