Inside the brain of a killer: the ethics of neuroimaging in a criminal conviction

Written by Francesca Lake (Editor-in-Chief)

Neurocriminology brain mri scan image

With neuroimaging techniques being taken out of the lab and into the court, we ask whether brain scans can – or should – be used to explain a criminal act. In the debate of nature versus nurture, what drives someone to commit a crime is hotly contested. Historically, the side consensus falls on is largely influenced by political and sociological views of the time. The now-infamous Franz Josef Gall first proposed the idea that criminal brains differed from the general public with his founding of the pseudoscience of phrenology. His theories of brain localization were viewed as cutting edge during...

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