iPlayer Radio What's New?
On Now : Woman's Hour
Choosing a secondary school; Jane Green; The art of flirting
Image for Brain Science and the Law

Listen now 30 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Brain Science and the Law

Episode 1 of 3

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 15 November 2011

In part one of his series exploring the coming "Brain Culture," Matthew Taylor asks if the ability to scan brains will transform our system of criminal justice. He meets the doctor who operated on a paedophile's brain and seemingly "cured" him. He explores how studies on the brains of criminal psychopaths are changing our understanding of whether anti-social behaviour is "hard wired" in the brain. These ideas raise the controversial question of a new legal defence: "my brain made me do it." Should this be accepted in court?

These studies have also inspired pioneering new work with young children, tackling brain-based bad behaviour with remarkable new techniques. Matthew also explores the frontiers of a transformative, but potentially frightening, new technology: the brain scanner in the courtroom. He looks at how scans have been used to test memories and evidence in courts so far - including in a case of murder.

Producer: Mukul Devichand.


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss