Alan took some time with Owen Jones, Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and Professor of Law and Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. In this extended version, Owen explains how neuroscience can lessen culpability, not responsibility, in defendants with brain defects. He also discusses why the criminal justice system is reluctant to accept neuroscience.
By now, most Americans have heard of Robert Bales, the Army Staff Sergeant convicted of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in March of last year. Associated with this horrific massacre are questions about Bales’ state of mind during the time of … Read more
Alan took some time with Owen Jones, Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. An expert on behavioral biology and its effect on the criminal justice system, Mr. Jones discusses the potential role of neuroscience in aiding the criminal justice system’s assessment of negligent behavior.