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Brain scan used in court in potential fMRI first


In what may be a first, fMRI scans of a defendant's brain activity have been used as evidence in the sentencing phase of an Illinois murder trial. The scans were presented as evidence that the defendant was born with a mental illness that impaired his ability to control his behavior.

Science reports:

Although evidence of anatomical abnormalities in the brain has been introduced previously in the sentencing phase of murder cases, and PET scans have been used to show abnormalities in brain metabolism consistent with mental illness, the case may be a first for fMRI.

Via Wired Science
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