Can Eyewitnesses be Trusted?

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Legal expert Nita Farahany and neuroscientist Anthony Wagner say that fMRI studies show that we cannot rely on our memories to be accurate. But technology to prove this is not yet ready for the courtroom. Watch the excerpt above, or check out the full program of Brains on Trial: Neuroscience and Law.

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Date: Saturday June 1, 2013
Time: 02:00 PM-03:30 PM
Venue: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Moderator: Alan Alda
Participants: Anthony D. Wagner, Jay N. Giedd, Nita A. Farahany, Jed S. Rakoff, Kent Kiehl

What if we could peer into a brain and see guilt or innocence? Brain scanning technology is trying to break its way into the courtroom, but can we—and should we—determine criminal fate based on high-tech images of the brain? Join a distinguished group of neuroscientists and legal experts who will debate how and if neuroscience should inform our laws and how we treat criminals. This program is based on a two-part PBS special, "Brains on Trial with Alan Alda," scheduled for broadcast on September 11 and 18 at...[Read more]