Brain science starting to impact varied fields

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Deborah Denno quoted in Reuters regarding Neuroscience and its attraction in the legal profession, where it can challenge fundamental notions of guilt, responsibility, intentions and testimony.

Law professor Deborah Denno said the United States legal system assumed the brain had a kind of on-off switch while neuroscience shows it has varying levels of consciousness.

“Now it’s all or nothing — you’re either conscious and guilty or not conscious and innocent,” said Denno, who teaches at Fordham University in New York.

“I think that neuroscience should be relied upon much more in criminal law to make our understanding of thought processes more accurate and hopefully more fair.”

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