Neuroscience and behavioral genetics in criminal trials
Nita Farahany has focused much of her research on the intersection of neuroscience and criminal law. Her empirical analysis of neuroscience and behavioral genetics in criminal trials, published in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences (November, 2015), shows rapid growth in the number of criminal defendants using such evidence at trial. Farahany talked about the possible impacts of emerging neuroscience on criminal law during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January, and contributed an essay on the subject to the World Economic Forum website.
Farahany is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. She is the Director of Duke Science & Society, the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, and a Professor of Law & Philosophy.