Wendy Lalli, Marketing Director, Mind Source Solutions
This week Alan Alda hosted the second of a two-part show on PBS called “Brains on Trial.” According to the show’s promo the programs deal with the effect that the latest developments in neuroscience are having on the law.
Here’s a description of the latest show from the Chicago Tribune, “The program looks at how developments in neuroscience are affecting court cases and might do so even more radically in the future…. By mapping brain activity, scientists know quite a bit about which regions are involved in processes like facial recognition, as well as the differences between mature adult brains and the brains of young people.”
The thing that strikes me about all this is that the neuroscience which led to the development of neurofeedback training is starting to influence spheres of existence far beyond the treatment of ADHD and other brain conditions. Apparently, neuroscience is now being considered as a way for legal personnel to understand not only how criminals think and behave but how witnesses can be wrong and why judges make the decisions they do.
I can’t help wondering if neuroscience is used to analyze the intricacies of how a jury reaches a verdict, surely believing that it can help enhance brain function of someone with ADHD shouldn’t be hard to accept at all.
I feel more and more confident that the day is almost here when neurofeedback will be used as frequently – and no doubt to far greater effect – than pharmaceuticals like Ritalin, Zoloft and Prozac. For every day there are new discoveries and a greater awareness that the claims for neurofeedback are not only not far-fetched but may, if anything, be understated.