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Murder in the CourtroomThe Cognitive Neuroscience of Violence$
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Brigitte Vallabhajosula

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199995721

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199995721.001.0001

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A Cautionary Tale

A Cautionary Tale

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(p.237) 12 A Cautionary Tale
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Murder in the Courtroom
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Brigitte Vallabhajosula

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199995721.003.0012

Our current lack of practical and theoretical knowledge continues to impose limits on the application of neuroscientific evidence, in particular neuroimaging evidence, to law. Further, there are limits to the objectivity of neuroimaging scans and neuropsychological tests and measures that must be acknowledged, addressed, and overcome. This chapter discusses many issues associated with and the limitations inherent in proffering cognitive neuroscience evidence in a court of law, including issues related to (a) data acquisition, analysis and interpretation; (b) demonstrating causality; (c) evidentiary reliability; (d) linking brain dysfunction to violent behavior; (d) neuroscientific expert testimony; (e) the reliability and validity of neuroimaging studies; and (f) reproducibility of experimental results. This chapter also briefly discusses neuroreceptor and neurotransmitter imaging and hybrid neuroimaging modalities.

Keywords:   cognitive neuroscience, limitations, neuroscientific expert testimony, evidentiary reliability, neuroreceptor imaging, hybrid neuroimaging modalities

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