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The New Frontier
Last Featured: 1/14/2008

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Some lawyers are using brain scans showing defects to argue that their clients aren’t responsible for criminal behavior. In recent years, this neuroscientific evidence has been increasingly used in our courtrooms. But some scientists argue that the imaging is still new and unreliable, while others question whether juries should be ruling on what counts as a "defective" brain. As neurolaw grows in influence, it could potentially revolutionize our notions of guilt and punishment as criminals say "my brain made me do it." Might we be, one day, just a brain scan away from a form of lie detection and prediction of criminal behavior? Tune in as we examine this new frontier of law on this edition of Justice Talking.

Brain Fingerprinting
Neurologist Dr. Larry Farwell and attorney Mary Kennedy discuss the case of Terry Harrington, a Nebraska man who introduced “brain fingerprinting” evidence in his bid to be freed from prison after 25 years.

Dr. Larry Farwell is the inventor of Brain Fingerprinting® technology. He is a former research associate at Harvard University and is the chairman and chief scientist of the Brain Fingerprinting Laboratories, Inc.

Mary Kennedy is an attorney in Waterloo, Iowa. She represented Terry Harrington in court.

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Rushing into Neuroscience?
Host Margot Adler speaks with professor Carter Snead on the speed at which brain science information is being adopted by the courts.

Carter Snead is a law professor at the University of Notre Dame and an expert on the intersection of law and bioethics. He was general counsel to the President’s Council on Bioethics.

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Will Neuroscience Change Laws?
Host Margot Adler speaks with neuroscientist Joshua Greene and Stephen Morse, an expert in criminal and mental health law, on what impact brain imaging could have on the legal system.

Joshua Greene is a cognitive neuroscientist, philosopher, and assistant professor in Harvard University’s Department of Psychology. He is currently writing a book about the philosophical implications of our emerging scientific understanding of morality.

Stephen Morse is the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a professor of psychology and law in psychiatry. He specializes in criminal and mental health law, and is working on a book, "Desert and Disease: Responsibility and Social Control."

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Using Your Brain Against You?
Reporter Reid Frazier speaks with neuroscientists on whether brain imaging technology could replace the polygraph lie detector.

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Mental Privacy
Host Margot Adler speaks with professor Paul Root Wolpe about how lie detection technology in the future could infringe on our mental privacy.

Paul Root Wolpe is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics and sits on the advisory board of the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics.

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Amped Up Diagnosis?
Host Margot Adler speaks with Dr. Daniel Amen on private practice and brain imaging.

Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist and director of Amen Clinics, Inc. He is also the author of several books, including Making a Good Brain Great.

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Brain Scans and Depression
Host Margot Adler speaks with professor Helen S. Mayberg about her use of brain scans in helping to detect and treat depression.

Helen Mayberg is a professor of psychiatry neurology at Emory University. She focuses on how neural systems mediate mood, emotion, and disease.

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