Can Eyewitnesses be Trusted?

08/16/13
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Alan Alda

Alan Alda, a six-time Emmy Award–winner, played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series, M*A*S*H, and appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West Wing, and 30 Rock. His long-time interest in science and in promoting a greater public understanding of science led to his hosting the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years, on which he interviewed hundreds of scientists from around the world.

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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