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
Brains on Trial
Jimmy Moran is found guilty of badly injuring a woman during a robbery. In the sentencing phase of the trial, Judge Rakoff hears arguments from the court-appointed psychiatrist, the attorneys, the victim’s husband and Jimmy himself. Meanwhile, Alan Alda discovers how neuroscience is already influencing the sentencing of defendants.
Brains on Trial
On trial is Jimmy Moran, who at 18 took part in a store robbery during which the storeowner’s wife was shot and grievously injured. Presiding is distinguished U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who has a longstanding interest in neuroscience and its conceivable effect on criminal law. The trial raises common questions: Is a witness lying? How reliable is eyewitness testimony?
Explore the conceivable effects of neuroscience on criminal law and courtroom procedure. 9/11/2013
Using a fictional crime — a convenience store robbery that goes horribly wrong — this two-part program builds a gripping courtroom drama. The program probes the brains of the major participants —defendant, witnesses, jurors, judge — while Alan Alda visits neuroscientists who explore how brains work when they become entangled with the law.