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CAN WE BLAME OUR BRAINS? Neuroscience in the Courtroom

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“It wasn’t me, it was my brain m’lud”

Neuroscience has been appearing in US courtrooms since the early 1990’s, offering evidence from neuroimaging and many other techniques used to study cognitive brain function. So to what extent can it be used to answer questions about intent, responsiblity and even potential criminality? Will neuro evidence stand up in court?

Our expert panel chaired by Dr Kathy Liddel (Faculty of Law, Cambridge) will discuss recent advances in neuroscience and the law. This will include the scientific, ethical and judicial issues arising from them, leading to a debate about whether science can offer excuses for criminal activity. The panel includes:

- Professor Raymond Tallis - Professor Nikolas Rose (Head of BIOS Centre, LSE ) - Mr Amit Pundik (Faculty of Law, Cambridge) - Dr Ian Treasaden (Head of Forensic Neuroscience, Imperial College)

Following a short presentation from each speaker, the floor will be open to you so we invite you to express your questions and views and come ready to challenge the panel!

Refreshments will be served at the end. We look forward to welcoming you!

This talk is part of the The Triple Helix Lecture Series series.

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