9.21.2008

Brain Scan Used in Indian Court

In all the hubbub last week, I missed this groundbreaking legal tidbit.

Psychologists and neuroscientists in the United States, which has been at the forefront of brain-based lie detection, variously called India’s application of the technology to legal cases “fascinating,” “ridiculous,” “chilling” and “unconscionable.”
I'd put my finger on 'chilling' - as the government and technology pry their way into the last redoubt of personal autonomy. The NYT article linked above is worth considering for the numerous angles it covers.
The piece got my neurons firing, as I recalled this seminal piece on the emergence of neurolaw I highlighted a year ago.