“My Brain Made Me Do It” Becoming Common Defense


From Scientific American: Criminal defense strategies are increasingly utilizing neurological evidence—psychological evaluations, behavioral tests and brain scans—to potentially mitigate punishment. Last week, a group of scientists met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the role of “neuroforensics” in the courtroom.

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  1. Interesting talk about “outpacing science.” Isn’t that what psychiatry is all about?

    Claiming to know what they don’t know: We know what causes psychosis and depression!

    Claiming to know what can’t be known: 80% of suicides would not have occurred if psychiatry had intervened sooner.

    Claiming to know what is false (usually knowing it is false): We know that SSRI’s correct chemical imbalances in the brain and they ALWAYS are 100% safe and effective! 😛