Is “Neurolaw” Coming Soon to a Courtroom Near You?

Scientific American | Sep 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM
  • Attorneys working civil cases introduce brain imaging ever more routinely to argue that a client has or has not been injured.
  • Other researchers are using fMRI to try to identify differences in the brain between a knowing state of mind and a reckless state of mind, important legal concepts that can have powerful effects on the severity of criminal sentences.
  • In 2018, Hoffman, who has been a leader in neurolaw research, wrote a paper discussing potential breakthroughs and dividing them into three categories: near term, long term and “never happening”.