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Deciding Punishment

Discover how neuroscience is influencing the sentencing of defendants.

Determining Guilt

Explore the conceivable effects of neuroscience on criminal law and courtroom procedure.

About Brains on Trial

Brains on Trial with Alan Alda takes a fictitious crime — a convenience store robbery that goes horribly wrong — and builds from it a gripping courtroom drama. As the trial unfolds it takes us into the brains of the major participants — defendant, witnesses, jurors, judge — while Alan Alda visits the laboratories of some dozen neuroscientists exploring how brains work when they become entangled wi

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