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The Sanctioned Use of Brain Scans in Court

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    Neuroscientists have been working for years to find unfailing methods of lie detection, a breakthrough that could dramatically change law enforcement as we know it. One newer test aims to separate events that a suspect has witnessed from actions they have committed, and despite growing scientific suspicion of its validity, the technology is being used in India as critical trial evidence. Why would India’s court system be the first to allow the submission of evidence based on this test? Could this potentially affect the practice of lie detection in the United States and around the world? Host Dr. Mark Nolan Hill examines the scientific and legal angles of this development in India with Dr. J. Peter Rosenfeld, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, and Henry Greely, professor of law and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University.

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    Neuroscientists have been working for years to find unfailing methods of lie detection, a breakthrough that could dramatically change law enforcement as we know it. One newer test aims to separate events that a suspect has witnessed from actions they have committed, and despite growing scientific suspicion of its validity, the technology is being used in India as critical trial evidence. Why would India’s court system be the first to allow the submission of evidence based on this test? Could this potentially affect the practice of lie detection in the United States and around the world? Host Dr. Mark Nolan Hill examines the scientific and legal angles of this development in India with Dr. J. Peter Rosenfeld, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, and Henry Greely, professor of law and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University.

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