Neuroscience, Prediction, and Law

April 26, 2013

Neuroscience, Prediction, and Law
Professor Owen Jones, Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and Dr. Kent Kiehl, professor of neuroscience and Executive Science Officer of the Mind Research Network, discuss the relation of neuroscience to the legal system.


Dr. Kent Kiehl recently co-authored a study correlating levels of brain activity in the anterior cingulate cortex with the likelihood that a criminal will commit a new crime after being released from jail. This is a powerful predictive tool, but how should it be used? More broadly, how should the legal system regard and respond to neuroscience, which conceptualizes behavior in terms removed from personal agency? Dr. Kiehl and Professor Owen Jones, Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, share their insights on these and other questions.