Brain Images as Legal Evidence

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper explores whether brain images may be admitted as evidence in criminal trials under Federal Rule of Evidence 403, which weighs probative value against the danger of being prejudicial, confusing, or misleading to fact finders. The paper summarizes and evaluates recent empirical research relevant to these issues. We argue that currently the probative value of neuroimages for criminal responsibility is minimal, and there is some evidence of their potential to be prejudicial or misleading. We also propose experiments that will directly assess how jurors are influenced by brain images. © 2008, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sinnott-Armstrong, W; Roskies, A; Brown, T; Murphy, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 359 - 373

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1750-0117

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1742-3600

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3366/E1742360008000452

Citation Source

  • Scopus