Law and neuroscience seem strange bedfellows but the engagement of law with neuroscientific evidence was inevitable for one thing the effectiveness of legal systems in regulating behavior and meting out justice often depends on weighing evidence about how and why a person behaved as he or she did . Neuroscience is rapidly increasing our knowledge of the functioning and malfunctioning of that intricate three pound organ the human brain when science expands our understanding of something so central to human existence these advances will necessarily cause changes in both our society and its laws. That for the law neuroscience changes nothing and everything1 this report takes a different position that discoveries in neuroscience or in genetics or psychology will not completely revolutionise the theory and practice of the law in the near future 1 greene and cohen 2004 for the law neuroscience changes nothing and everything . The research network on law and neuroscience supported by the john d and catherine t macarthur foundation addresses a focused set of closely related problems at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice 1 investigating law relevant mental states of and decision making processes in defendants witnesses jurors and judges 2 investigating in adolescents the relationship
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