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Morse Studies Links in Brain, Behavior and Crime
BY AISHA MOHAMMED
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Morse is the legal coordinator of the Law and Neuroscience Project, which brings together scientists and law experts from around the U.S, to identify legal questions that neuroscience can help resolve. Funded by a threeyear $10 million grant from the John D. and Macarthur T. Foundation, the project is also considering how capable neuroscience is of answering these questions, and to identify potential for misuse of neuroscientific evidence in courts.

Proponents of neuroscience predict that as researchers pinpoint the biological factors that influence our behavior, we will be forced to redefine our notions of who we are, and by extension, basic legal concepts such as criminal responsibility. For Morse, however, law’s criteria for responsibility are behavioral and until neuroscience contributes new insights into human behavior, its promise of legal reform will remain limited.

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