Francis X. Shen

Law School
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
Research Title
How Neuroscience Will Transform Law

No Monument Location

Brain science is appearing increasingly in legal and policy arenas. Better understanding of brain function offers great promise -- but also great peril. Francis Shen's work thus delineates the principles by which cognitive neuroscience should (and should not) be embraced by courts and legislatures. Shen uses innovative empirical legal methods to explore how the effective use of neuroscientific evidence can enhance legal doctrine, and also how the premature misuse of such evidence can be detrimental to justice.