Panel Three: Neuroscience in the Courtroom

Criminal Behavior and the Brain — 4 of 5 from Fordham Law School on Vimeo.

Panel Three explores the practical uses of neuroscience evidence in the courtroom.  The first presentation (Gur) offers the perspective of an expert witness in cases involving neuroscience evidence.  The second presentation (Pfaff) explains how neurological insights regarding violent behavior can better inform either side of a legal argument.  The third presentation (Moriarty) discusses the influence of neuroscience on the insanity defense.  The fourth presentation (Denno) describes the difference in how neuroscience evidence is used by prosecutors vs. defense attorneys.


  • Deborah W. Denno: Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law and; Founding Director, Neuroscience and Law Center:  Fordham Law School
  • Ruben C. Gur: Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Radiology & Neurology; Director, Brain Behavior Laboratory and the Center for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry:  Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Jane Campbell Moriarty: Carol Los Mansmann Chair in Faculty Scholarship; Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship:  Duquesne University School of Law
  • Donald W. Pfaff: Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior:  The Rockefeller University


  • Paul S. Applebaum: Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, & Law; Director, Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry; Director, Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics; Department of Psychiatry:  Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons