Recently posted to SSRN (and recently published in 33 THE JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 17624 (2013))
RENE MAROIS, Vanderbilt University - Department of Psychology
MARTHA J. FARAH, University of Pennsylvania
HENRY T. GREELY, Stanford Law School
Whether this engagement is ultimately more for better or for worse (there will be both) will depend in large measure on the effectiveness of transdisciplinary partnerships between neuroscientists and legal scholars. How can they best help the legal system to understand both the promise and the perils of using neuroscientific evidence in legal proceedings? And how can they help legal decision-makers draw only legally and scientifically sound inferences about the relationships between particular neuroscientific evidence and particular behaviors?
In this article, we highlight some efforts to establish and expand such partnerships. We identify some of the key reasons why neuroscience may be useful to law, providing examples along the way. In doing so, we hope to further stimulate interdisciplinary communication and collaborative research in this area.