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Morse Studies Links in Brain, Behavior and Crime
BY AISHA MOHAMMED
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This is exactly what Morse hopes to prevent through the Law and Neuroscience Project. One of the main functions of the project, Morse says, is to “make sure that the train leaves the station in the right direction.” That train he believes is headed to a country that has yet to be mapped out.

One of the hazards of using neuroscientific evidence indiscriminately, says Morse, could be the expansion of excusing conditions because people wrongly believe that biological causation of behavior necessarily means that the behavior must be excused. Causation is not an excuse, however, whether the causation is neurological, psychological or sociological. The excusing conditions are behavioral, such as lack of rational capacity. Neuroscientific evidence has the potential to confuse judges and juries on this issue, says Morse.

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