When does neuroscience overlap with the legal system? Do we have free will or don’t we? Did changes in Charles Whitman’s brain have something to do with him becoming a mass shooter? Why was the heir to the Gucci fashion fortune killed by his wife? Join Eagleman on a wild journey to understand what happens when the study of the brain and the law end up in the same courtroom.

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Eagleman, D. The brain on trial. The Atlantic. 2011 Jul;7:112-23.

Eagleman, D. Incognito. Canongate Canons, 2016.


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