Conclusion. The fictional trial reaches the penalty phase, with the judge hearing from the court-appointed psychiatrist, victim's husband and defendant. Alan Alda, meanwhile, learns how neuroscience is already influencing the sentencing of defendants; and meets a judge who has offered to have his brain probed while he makes sentencing decisions.
Part 1 of 2. The ways in which advances in neuroscience may change the criminal-justice system are explored via the fictional trial of a teenager who's accused of attempted murder. Host Alan Alda also visits with neuroscientists, who explain how brain-scanning technology is exploring lie detection, facial recognition, memory decoding, racial bias, brain maturity, intention and even emotions.